WHILE some are questioning the chances of a big-budget MMO succeeding after years of free-to-play dominance, Bethesda is still betting that the Elder Scrolls is the IP to make it work.

A part of that strategy appears to be bringing in heavy-hitters from Hollywood as voice actors for The Elder Scrolls Online, due for release on April 14.

In a release sent out today, Bethesda confirmed the following actors will be involved:

  • John Cleese (Monty Python)
  • Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Carribean)
  • Kate Beckinsale (The Aviator)
  • Alfred Molina (Spiderman 2)
  • Michael Gambon (Harry Potter)
  • Malcolm McDowell (A clockwork Orange)
  • Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman)

John Cleese plays Cadwell, the cheerful and endearingly mad lost soul who is not afraid of anyone, even a Daedric Prince.

Joining the cast as High King Emeric, Bill Nighy portrays a merchant prince whose luck and determination won him the throne.

Kate Beckinsale takes on the role of Queen Ayrenn, the leader of the Aldmeri Dominion and Queen of the High Elves who is far more comfortable with a blade than her crown.

In addition, Alfred Molina takes on the role of Abnur Tharn, a wily old wizard and politician who is the head of the Empire's Elder Council, and the de facto power behind the Ruby Throne.

Lynda Carter plays Azura, the Daedric Princess of Dusk and Dawn from Skyrim who is a popular part of Elder Scrolls lore. 

Michael Gambon voices The Prophet, a mysterious blind man who guides the player through their journey to retrieve their soul; and Malcolm McDowell plays the key figure Molag Bal, an evil Daedric god from another plane who schemes to enslave the mortal souls of Tamriel.

Jim Ward ("WALL•E," "Despicable Me 2") voices Mannimarco, a renegade High Elf wizard exiled from the realm for raising the dead and the world's most powerful necromancer.

Jennifer Hale appears in the role of Lyris Titanborn, a Nord half-giant, who, along with the Prophet, aids the player on their journey..

Kevin Michael Richardson rounds out the cast as Sai Sahan a noble martial artist and master swordsman.