Starfield: Tom Cruise would have an important role in the Bethesda game

Starfield: Tom Cruise would have an important role in the Bethesda game


Rumors about Starfield have been going on at an intense pace lately, and they don't seem to stop. Indeed, after the announcement of 2019, we received very little information on the new Bethesda game, and fans are hungry for something new. After some images that have never found official confirmation, today comes a new rumor that instantly straightens the ears of fans around the world.

According to a rumor that is going crazy on the web in these moments, it would seem that Tom Cruise is somehow involved in Starfield. A move, that of Bethesda, which in this way reminds us of what happened with Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077. The rumor starts from a user who shared a post on the subreddit dedicated to the various rumors and leaks that runs on the net daily.

According to the user who posted the rumor, some anonymous Bethesda insiders have claimed that the American team has been in contact with actor Tom Cruise to propose him a role within Starfield. In support of this thesis, a tweet published by Bethesda itself in 2018 was also pulled out, in which the actor was explicitly asked if he wanted to take part in the next project of the team.

Hey @TomCruise , we're huge fans. Loved your take on Oblivion and now Fallout. Want to get a head start on our next thing? #Callme.

- Bethesda Game Studios (@BethesdaStudios) July 26, 2018

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, at the moment we have very few certainties about Starfield, and for now none of these rumors that are taking hold on the web have never been confirmed directly by Bethesda. This means that, as usual in these cases, our advice is to take this latest rumor about the space title with due attention. Of course, if Tom Cruise really has a part in the next Bethesda game, it will be curious to see how we will be able to interact with the well-known American actor.

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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)

Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

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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