You Won't Hear the Original Voice Actors for Claire Redfield or Leon Kennedy in the Resident Evil 2 Remake

You Won't Hear the Original Voice Actors for Claire Redfield or Leon Kennedy in the Resident Evil 2 Remake

Capcom chose to go non-union.

Allyson Court, longtime voice actor for Resident Evil's Claire Redfield, will apparently not reprise her role for the upcoming Resident Evil 2 Remake. Nor, for that matter, will Leon Kennedy's recent voice actor, Matthew Mercer.

According to a series of videos (by way of VG247 and PCGamesN) Court posted around E3, the voice actor revealed the strange process in which she discovered she would not be returning to voice Claire Redfield in the Resident Evil 2 remake. "About a year and a half ago the producer for the remake of [Resident Evil 2] did reach out, he contacted my agent... Shortly thereafter my agent got some emails of a couple of different companies that were bidding on a contract to the localization for the game and the voice recordings and the motion-capture," explained Court in her first video.

Apparently a Vancouver firm and an LA-based firm bidding for the localization contract for the Resident Evil 2 Remake both contacted Court to ask if she would be willing to work with them as a voice actor if either company won the contract. However, something changed when the LA firm won the contract, "As soon they won the contract they informed me that they wouldn't be needing my services because they would be going non-union."

Leon Kennedy's voice actor also tweeted that he had the "Same experience as Alyson regarding this project," referring to the Resident Evil 2 Remake.

In a follow-up video, Court explained that these negotiations actually pre-dated the SAG-AFTRA union strike, the same one which prevented Ashly Burch from reprising her role as Chloe Price in the Life is Strange prequel. "Unfortunately, as far as I know they chose to go non-union with the voice performances," Court said in the second video. In a third video, Court said she respected Capcom's decision if the company wanted to go into a new creative direction, but calls it "disrespectful" if the only reason was so the company could hire non-union workers.

Resident Evil 2 Remake has been in the works since 2015, but will show off more "soon" according to a recent interview. It's curious why the localization firms chose to go non-union half a year before the strike even began. We will update the story as more information becomes available.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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