One of the most charming aspects of the LittleBigPlanet games has always been the tremendous voice work done by legendary British actor, Stephen Fry. Now another guy with an extremely recognizable voice will be joining the cast of the series' third installment, Hugh Laurie. Is there a doctor in the house?
You see, that last bit was (not at all) funny because we Yanks likely best know Hugh Laurie from his starring role in the long-running medical drama, House, in which the actor played an addicted, yet brilliant physician who had a knack for trailing off mid-sentence at the 45 minute mark of each episode, with some part of the current conversation striking him with a medical breakthrough that miraculously solved the case. It was an interesting take on the Sherlock Holmes mythos, complete with his own Watson/Wilson.
If, however, you come from the UK, chances are pretty good that you know Mr. Laurie from about a dozen other performances as well, and the guy even has a successful music career going, for those of you who don't get around to watching much TV. Appropriately enough, one of his most popular roles was from a comedy program called A bit of Fry and Laurie, in which he co-starred with, you guessed it, Stephen Fry.
So now the dynamic duo are back together, this time to lend their voices to the upcoming do-it-yourself game adventure, LittleBigPlanet 3. I almost called LBP3 a “platformer,” but that felt like a gross understatement. Sure, the game proper typically focuses on platforming levels, but so much insanity has been built within the LBP series at this point, it kind of defies genre. Racers, first-person shooter, arcade games, vertically-scrolling shooters and more; it's all been done.
News about Laurie's new voice role popped up on the PlayStation Blog this morning, announcing that the actor will be taking on the roll of the mischievous Newton.
“We have naturally always been big fans of Stephen Fry, so when it came to deciding upon a voice to act as his dastardly counterpart, we couldn't help but think that bringing Hugh Laurie on as the voice of Newton would be just the perfect double act for LittleBitPlanet 3” said Community Coordinator, Steven Isbell. “We're so excited to bring you Sackboy's biggest adventure yet later this year, and we can't wait to hear what you think of everybody that he and his new friends meet.”
For you creative types out there, or at least those who enjoy a game full of absolute wonder and whimsy, look for LittleBigPlanet 3 to arrive on Nov. 18, just in time for the holiday season. And, hay, now you have the soothing, yet sinister antics of Hugh Laurie's vocals to look forward to, so maybe go ahead and mark those calendars.