June 19th, 2017

Johnny Depp rumoured for Star Citizen (Updated)

Johnny Depp rumoured for Star Citizen (Updated)

Update: Well, that was fast. Cloud Imperium have firmly denied this, telling us “No, no Johnny Depp in Squadron 42“, and that with the ensemble cast – Gary Oldman, Gillian Anderson, Mark Strong, Liam Cunningham, Jack Huston, Andy Serkis, etc. – it’s possible that John just got some names mixed up. Perhaps he meant Gary Oldman?

Either way, it doesn’t look like Depp will be making his debut as a space pirate in Squadron 42.

Original story: Johnny Depp might be involved in the Squadron 42 part of Star Citizen, if cast member John Rhys-Davies is telling the truth.

Rhys-Davies – who plays security chief Randall Graves in Squadron 42, and is extremely well-known for playing Professor Arturo in Sliders and is slightly less famous for roles as Gimli in Lord of the Rings and Sallah in the Indiana Jones films – made reference to Depp in a Star Citizen interview with Manx Radio, an Isle of Man radio station. This may be the first time they have ever been cited as a source for videogame news.

I’d be sort of surprised if Depp was involved, simply because that’s a hell of a thing to keep secret, but either Rhys-Davies is mistaken or he’s leaked Depp’s involvement. Either way, he mentions Depp twice in the interview:

“[Chris Roberts] called me up, sometime right at the beginning of last year, and said ‘Look, I’m doing something else. It’s got Johnny Depp in it, and Mark [Hamill] is coming back, and I want you to come back.”

And then, a little later:

“You, the player, are of course the young hero, aided by the Old Man – who is of course Mark Hamill – and you get to interact with me, and of course with the marvellous Johnny Depp. And a lot of other people as well, but since I haven’t actually got the cast list with me, I can’t actually mention them.”

So, well, John Rhys-Davies seems pretty certain that Johnny Depp is involved with Star Citizen‘s Squadron 42 component, but this is the first time I’ve heard any such thing. I’ve reached out to Cloud Imperium to see if they’ll confirm or deny this.

You can listen to the interview yourself over on the Manx Radio website, possible regional restrictions notwithstanding. It’s at about 54:45 on the Mandate show for 19th January, and this link should take you right to that particular show.

(And in case you’re wondering how Manx Radio got an interview with John Rhys-Davies, the acclaimed actor is an Isle of Man resident.)

Thanks to my dad, who wishes to remain anonymous, for giving us the heads-up on this story.

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  • Tim McDonald

    Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing things about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning some really terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.

    • https://twitter.com/itsdTox thedTox

      What the fu… Really?

    • https://twitter.com/Wbino49Walter Walter

      pissing money away…
      Did Witcher 3 need “stars” to be multiple GOTY?

    • Raptor Jesus

      Squadron 42? You mean that game I paid for three years ago that was supposed to be out two years ago?

      • Jackery

        Yes, because games this large and revolutionary take only one year to make.

        • unacomn

          I know, right. I mean Rockstar is already working on GTA 7, beucase GTA 6 has been ready for months.

      • Suspect Neighbor

        Are you a complete retard or are you a simple troll? Or perhaps one of Dumb Shits goons from “something awful” website

    • Teddy

      This story feels like a “click bait” and now I feel dirty that i clicked it.

      • Paul Younger

        If there’s one thing we don’t do on Pc Invasion, it’s post click-bait.

        • Teddy

          Not from you but John Rhys-Davies. Just throwing some name out there because SC not been in news for a few weeks.

          They gotta keep tricking people into spending money some how, right?

          Maybe they hoped no one would bother to chase it up? For all them “news sites” which just grab things from reddit or twitter.

          • Bob

            That is *extremely* unlikely. Occam’s Razor, my dear fellow. ‘Tis a good principal.

            • Teddy

              You should never assume what you are being told is true, not without questioning or researching.

              CIG are hardly a transparent or with out controversy company.

              • Bob

                That’s a hilarious statement given you’re not even going off hearsay but have just made up the conspiracy on the spot.

    • Lazerbeak (@Grumpyboy)

      to me a celeb in a game is just a waste of money I really couldn’t care less whos in he cgi scenes

      • Paul Younger

        Have to agree with you there. Usually when all the mo-cap and facial stuff is done and it eventually appears in the game they just look like weird rubber versions of the the actor 🙂

        • lazerbeak

          I really don’t think games need celebs add much, like you said the CGI isnt up to realistically copying them yet so it just looks weird and distracting