Peter Dinklage in a Middle of a Big Voice Over Replacement

Peter Dinklage is undoubtedly a great actor. Since his breakout role in The Station Agent in 2003 he has been making a name in the industry. But his role as Tyrion Lannister in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones was the game changer. Since the show’s debut in 2011, Dinklage has been consistently nominated in the Primetime Emmy’s and won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor back in 2011. But there seems to be a dark mark in his otherwise illustrious career that Dinklage can’t seem to shake off. His infamous, widely criticised voice over of Ghost in Destiny haunts him.

But this “ghost” may finally stop haunting him as he is being replaced by none other than gaming voice veteran Nolan North.

North, famous for his work as Nathan Drake from the Uncharted, Desmond Miles from the Assassin’s Creed video game series, and Penguin in the Batman: Arkham video game franchise, has not only recorded new dialogue for Destiny’s expansion, but also re-recorded all of Dinklage’s work.

The Lead concept artist of Destiny, Jesse van Dijk, commented on the change as a need to keep consistency in the game. He said, “The consistency of the entire universe is very important to us, so we decided to give the full treatment to all of our previous content too. (This) is why Nolan North is also your Ghost from the very moment you start (the game).”

This is also echoed by the Creative Director Luke Smith, “We wanted Nolan North’s version of the Ghost to wake you up at the start of the journey at level one and follow you all the way to level forty.”

North is excited about the project but somehow also, casually threw Dinklage under a bus by sharing to the world his take on the character. He said, “You want to give the Ghost as much personality as the world will allow it, without making it unbelievable.”

Though of course the lackluster performance of Ghost was not entirely blamed on Dinklage, there is much to be said as well about the reworked script and storyline. Hopefully, this drastic change would mean drastic improvement in content and performance that fans have been crying out for.

This leads us to the ask – is it best to leave the video game voice acting to the veterans? Is there more merit in hiring big name television/film actors for video games other than their “star power” pull?

Rana King

Rana King has presented marketing, sales, and writing seminars around the globe. She is also experienced in business-to-business copywriting and technical writing. She is also an accomplished voice actor with regular clients from around the globe.

  • I don’t know why all of the on-line media is making such a big deal of this. All actors, voice and on-camera or even theatrical (more rarely), go through this. (I have too, once in my voice acting career.) Retrospective choices get made after recording, in post-production and even after release or based on focus groups. I admire Mr. Dinklage, but I’m sure this is no big thing and not an insult in his mind. It’s just a typical casting decision. He didn’t fit the niche or the expectations of the producers or the audience. It happens to the stars and to the second, third, and fourth level roles for these projects. Mr. Dinklage won’t be losing sleep over it and no experienced actor would. I have to admit, I’m happy for Nolan North who is, like me, primarily a voice artist. The majority of voice actors (i.e., not on-camera stars) are often passed over for “big name on-camera stars” who may draw audiences, but can’t work a mic or deliver anything more than their normal, non-character voices for games or animation.