Starfield: Tom Cruise will be in the Bethesda game, say three insiders

Starfield: Tom Cruise will be in the Bethesda game, say three insiders


Starfield will see the presence of Tom Cruise as the main character for the Bethesda title, as claimed by three self-styled insiders who have posted their testimonials on Reddit, to be taken naturally with a grain of salt.

Out in early 2022 as Xbox and PC exclusive, according to what has been declared so far by journalist Jeff Grubb, the game could still hide some big secrets, including the participation of one of the most famous actors in the world.

The insiders who reported the news also refer to an old tweet in which Bethesda addressed Tom Cruise, saying they appreciated his interpretations in Oblivion and Mission: Impossible - Fallout, inviting him to discover their next project.

According to the reconstruction of these sources, in short, the invitation would have been successful, Cruise would have answered the call and would have been involved in what was the new Bethesda project, Starfield precisely.

To find out if this rumor is founded or not, however, we will have to wait a few more weeks: everything suggests that Starfield will be officially presented at E3 2021, and it will be then that we will finally be able to understand how things are.

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Tom Cruise In ‘Starfield’? Let's Learn From Keanu Reeves In ‘Cyberpunk’

Cyberpunk 2077


Today in “pretty out there but not impossible” video game rumors, we have some whispers about the idea that Bethesda may have recruited Tom Cruise to star in Starfield, its upcoming Xbox game that we know next to nothing about, but will probably make a big splash at E3 this year.

The rumor appears to be based on two things. The fact that back in 2018 Bethesda tweeted a joke-but-maybe-not-a-joke trying to recruit Tom Cruise for a project:

(this was after he starred in Oblivion and Mission Impossible: Fallout, get it?)

And then there have been some supposed Starfield “insiders” who are peddling the idea that yes, they actually did recruit him and he’s starring in Starfield.

I am not going to comment on the validity of this. On its face it seems like a stretch, and yet not entirely out of the question, given that more and more movie stars have ended up in video games, just like they started migrating to TV years ago.

Actor Tom Cruise smiling and waving to his fans on the set of the film Mission Impossible 7 at ... [+] Imperial Fora in Rome. Rome (Italy), October 12th 2020 (Photo by Samantha Zucchi/Insidefoto/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

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However, I think we should all learn from what I’ll call “Keanu Reeves syndrome,” where a movie star is giving top billing in a way that ultimately hurts the game and distracts from it.

Many of the rumors surrounding the production of Cyberpunk 2077 involved the unconfirmed idea that the story was reworked and Johnny Silverhand was made the main focus of the game after Keanu Reeves joined the project, and because they landed a big star like him, they wanted to make the entire plot revolve around him.

If true, I think Cyberpunk suffered for it. In my mind, Johnny was one of the least compelling characters in the game (how many times do you need to try to blow up Arasaka Tower man, seriously) and if we’re rating the overall performances/voice acting in that series, it probably goes something like:

  • Female V
  • Judy
  • Panam
  • Male V
  • River
  • Rogue
  • Kerry
  • That lady who calls you about Cyberpsychos all the time
  • Johnny
  • Don’t get me wrong, I love Keanu Reeves and pretty much all his movies, but having him in Cyberpunk felt like it took away from the game rather than added to it.

    Cyberpunk 2077


    Similarly, I would be a little concerned a Starfield with Tom Cruise front and center would come off similarly weird. Not because I don’t like Tom Cruise as an actor (let’s separate that from Tom Cruise as a person for a minute), but because planting a single major A-lister and their voice and face in your cast of lesser knowns is a recipe for undue focus on an individual star. This may be one thing for a six hour Call of Duty campaign where Kit Harrington or Kevin Spacey (ick) is the bad guy, but for an 80 hour RPG, it’s a different story.

    I know I’m getting ahead of myself here is this is barely even a rumor, but it just immediately reminded me of what CDPR tried with Keanu and I would hope that Starfield wouldn’t fall into a similar trap. Or if they did, that they would do it better.

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