Lynda Carter, the actress best known for her role as Wonder Woman on the eponymous 1970s television series, provided voice-over work for an important Fallout 4 character, publisher Bethesda Softworks announced today. Her role in the game doesn't end there, though: She voices a singer named Magnolia, and Carter wrote and performed five original songs for the part.
Carter has appeared in several Elder Scrolls games; her husband is Robert A. Altman, the CEO of ZeniMax Media, Bethesda's parent company. Her Fallout 4 character, Magnolia, is a singer in the town of Goodneighbor. The bar that Magnolia calls home is a key location in town, a place where a lot of business gets done, and Magnolia is right in the center of it all.
"She knows who the players are," said Carter of Magnolia, in an interview with Bethesda. "She's a great judge of character. She's really, really smart. And she does what she does because she loves it. So this is a safe place for her too."
Carter also worked with Fallout 4 developer Bethesda Game Studios to create original music for her character. In addition to her long career in screen acting, Carter has been singing for decades, having released two recent albums in genres — jazz and blues standards — that are a perfect fit for the Fallout universe. Fallout 4 game director Todd Howard and audio director Mark Lampert collaborated with Carter and her Nashville-based band on some concepts, with the developers providing guidance in terms of the themes of the game and the feel of the other songs featured in it.
"I was trying to give a different flavor to each of the songs, because there really is no genre except for how Magnolia sings them," said Carter. "She is the 'genre' and her personality is reflected in every song."
In the end, Carter and her band put together five songs for Fallout 4, one of which — a sultry tune called "Good Neighbor" — makes specific references to the Wasteland, like mutants and caps. The other four, according to Bethesda, sound just like the other period-appropriate tunes in the game, enough so that Carter plans to start performing them on tour and may put them on a future album of hers.
"That was one of our goals," said Howard. "That if this were a song that Lynda were to play at a show, no one would think any different."
"It was truly a labor of love," said Carter of her work on Fallout 4. "I am honored and thrilled to no end to have the belief of Todd and his team. I am really so grateful to have had the opportunity. I think it's one of the highlights of my career to have been a part of the creative team."
You can listen to "Good Neighbor" below. Fallout 4 launches Nov. 10, a week from tomorrow, on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. That same day, Target will begin selling bottles of Nuka-Cola Quantum, a Fallout-branded version of Jones Soda's berry lemonade flavor.