clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Peek behind the scenes with Gillian Anderson in Star Citizen

New, 16 comments

Her character, Capt. McLaren, is Gary Oldman's daughter

If you buy something from a Polygon link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Star Citizen isn't just a series of multiplayer modules, even if that's where most of the news has been lately. It's promising a full-size campaign and story, and Gillian Anderson is among the A-list names bringing her talent and creative heft to the project. Here's a behind-the-scenes video about her role in the game, as Capt. Rachel McLaren.

McLaren is the daughter of Adm. Bishop, who is portrayed by Gary Oldman (also seen in this video). Star Citizen creator Chris Roberts notes that this created a specific casting demand — find someone who would be a believably strong presence as Oldman's daughter, also in command of her own vessel. Anderson fits the bill, even if she does admit to feeling a little goofy with the motion-capture and facial-scanning headgear on.

There's not much gameplay in this video, and only some rough mockups of what the animated characters will look like in there scenes, but it does give up some detail — namely that McLaren's adversaries include aliens of a lot larger size. Anderson also has some core competency with gun acting, of course, coming from her role as FBI agent Dana Scully in The X-Files, which you may have heard has returned to Fox.

Star Citizen doesn't have a full-issue release date yet, but it is expected sometime in the next year.

Polygon Backstory is an in-depth conversation celebrating the games we love and play. This week's show discusses the upcoming indie game Astroneer with creator Adam Bromell.