We all know that the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise, Advanced Warfare, is set to feature the motion capture, likeness, and voice acting of Oscar winner Kevin Spacey. What you may not know is that if Spacey refused the role, then both Bryan Cranston and Brad Pitt were considered for the role.
“At one point, at the height of Breaking Bad, I thought this could be a [Bryan] Cranston role,” Condrey told IGN. “Bobby Kotick, the president of Activision, is close to Angelina and Brad, so you kind of have these pie in the sky sort of, well, if this actor… But really, for the character, [on] the list the gap between Kevin and everybody else was pretty wide. Cranston just won the Emmy so he’s clearly a remarkable actor. I think he would have been great.”
Spacey will be playing a character called Jonathan Irons, the president of a large private military corporation that will feature in the games story. Advanced Warfare is the first video game Spacey has ever worked on but given his Oscar winner status, I’m sure he can handle it.
Condrey also talked a little about an abandoned Call of Duty title called Fog of War which would have been a third person Call of Duty game set during the Vietnam war. He described it as a mix of Call of Duty and Uncharted saying: “there are some things that third-person can do that’s really compelling when you see your character on-screen. It was really taking our passion for Call of Duty with our experience and expertise from Dead Space and bringing that together to offer fans a new Call of Duty way to play.”
Sledgehammer abandoned the game to help Infinity Ward finish Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Condrey described it as an “opportunity we just couldn’t pass up”.
When asked why Sledgehammer didn’t return to Fog of War, Condrey said that the idea of leading development on a Call of Duty game for the next gen was too thrilling to pass up but said that Fog of War is “In our hearts, there’s probably a place for that game. You never want to say in absolute terms that you wouldn’t go back to it.”
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is due for release on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC on November 4th.