Later this month, the Sith Lord Count Dooku, Leader of the Separatist Alliance will be added as a new Hero (or Villain) to DICE’s Star Wars Battlefront II. Portrayed by the late, great Sir Christopher Lee in both Episode II: Attack of the Clones & Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the Character has gone down as one many of Christopher Lee’s memorable roles alongside Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films, Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and The Hobbit film trilogy (2012–2014).
Lee had originally been offered the role of Grand Moff Tarkin in the Original Star Wars but turned down the role in 1976, with Peter Cushing (a long time friend and Hammer Horror Veteran of Lee’s) being cast instead. When it came to the development of the Star Wars Prequels, Lee wasn’t keen on repeating the mistake he made 20 years previously.
When it came to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, veteran voice-actor Corey Burton was cast to voice the Count. Which he continued to do so throughout the many seasons of the show. Burton will also be leading his voice once more for Dooku in this months Clone Wars update.
Count Dooku’s aristocratical and arrogant appearance in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was defined by Christopher Lee, those are already some big shoes to fill but Corey Burton’s portrayal hits the same note, meticulously. Though it may take some getting use too. Seeing a Christoper Lee in game look-a-like with the voice of his Clone Wars counterpart.
“I’ve played so many of these sorts of wizardly, Machiavellian, vainglorious characters since I was a teenager. I’ve always sort of had an affinity for that, I’ve watched some of Mr. Lee’s performance and just sort of climbed into his particular skin. It’s a character type and a vocal placement that’s very natural to me, even though it’s not in the same placement as my normal speaking voice.”
“But, of course, I’m a multi-voice, old-time radio actor, really, and a mimic. And it’s just a little bit of a tilt, a different part of the throat, and it becomes Shakespearean and Christopher Lee-like. Then from there, it’s the attitude.”
– Corey Burton
Describing the Character of Dooku, Corey describes the Jedi turned Sith Lord as a devil-in-disguise of sorts, with an impressive, well-versed, and gentlemanly surface, covering a volcanic monstrosity out to put the galaxy in his pocket. And that playing Dooku is much about letting hints of his duplicitous personality leak through the Character.
“It’s always a joy to slip into the Sith cape! It’s been a delight from the very start. I love playing these sort of evil, wizardly mastermind kind of characters where their strength is a quiet, intense simmer, rather than throwing thunderbolts and hollering. It’s sort of very subtle, and it draws you in instead of blasting out the performance.”
– Corey Burton
Some of Count Dooku’s Voice Lines in Star Wars Battlefront II that you’ll hear on the battlefront:
“Count Dooku of Serenno, at your service.”
“It is obvious that this contest cannot be decided by our knowledge of the Force… but by our skills with a lightsaber.”
“Hope is something we cannot allow our enemy to possess.”
“I did not bring you here to flit about like some Toydarian.”
“I would have thought you had learned your lesson.”
“Tell me what you want and I will show you how the dark side can help you achieve it.”
“Ignorance of the Force will not save you from it.”
Next month, the Hero With No Fear, the Chosen One himself: Anakin Skywalker will be added to the game. Anakin will be voiced by Matt Lanter, who many Fans will know also voiced Anakin in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
“Anakin is definitely one of the most dynamic and complex characters of the Star Wars saga. I like to think that the Star Wars saga is all about Anakin. His rise and fall. I mean, he goes from being the most promising Jedi, filled with hope, to one of the most hated and evil villains of all time. So, there’s some complexity there.”
– Matt Lanter
Both Count Dooku and Anakin Skywalker will be modelled after their prequel film actors, Christopher Lee and Hayden Christensen, respectively. And with two such experienced The Clone Wars voice actors on board, fans should feel right at home with how the characters look and sound.
So who are you most looking forward to be playing as? This months Count Dooku or Anakin Skywalker who will be joining the Battlefront in February? Me? Well I always loved playing as Dooku in 2005’s Star Wars Battlefront II. Kill enough Clones, get the option to play as him and when you spawn back as the Sith Lord you have “Anakin’s Dark Deeds” blasting away as you cut through any Clone that stands in your way.
Written by: Connor Heggie