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Beyond: Two Souls adds Kadeem Hardison, Eric Winter to cast

Beyond: Two Souls
Beyond: Two Souls
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

New details on Beyond: Two Souls from Comic-Con.

The star of Quantic Dream's Beyond: Two Souls, actress Ellen Page, was joined onstage at Comic-Con today by one of her newly announced co-stars, Kadeem Hardison. Hardison says he'll be playing a character named Cole Freeman, a U.S. government official who investigates paranormal activity.

Hardison said his character "raises" Page's character Jodie Holmes, but specifics about his role were largely kept under wraps by game director David Cage during today's Comic-Con panel. Hardison is perhaps best known for his role of Dwayne Wayne on the TV series A Different World.

Cage says that Hardison outed himself as a serious video game fan, gushing to the creator of Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain about his gameplay experiences.

"He told me about his experience playing Heavy Rain for 45 minutes," Cage said of his first meeting with Hardison, before he'd auditioned. Cage says he was won over by Hardison's enthusiasm for video games, thinking to himself "It's him." and then "I hope he's a good actor."

Page admitted that, outside of playing around with the original PlayStation, she's a lapsed gamer.

"Other than a very intense relationship with the Sega Genesis when I was a kid, video games ended for me when I was 16," Page said in response to a fan question about her interest in taking on a video game acting role. "That was a product of school, work, life."

"When it came along, my brain didn't even know how to process this opportunity," Page said of Cage's pitch for her role in Beyond, which involved a gift basket of video games. "At first it was perplexing, just what it meant and what David was doing. But I was fascinated."

Page said she couldn't have envisioned two years prior to her work on Beyond: Two Souls what she'd even been doing: Acting on a virtual set, surrounded by 70 cameras and covered in performance capture gear.

"I was just completely blown away by him and this story — a 2,000 page epic adventure. I was totally on board to do something completely challenging and new."

During a Q&A session after the panel, a fan inquired about the inspiration behind Cage's story for Beyond: Two Souls. Whereas Heavy Rain's narrative was inspired by Cage's experiences as a new father, he said that his next game was partly inspired by the death of a family member.

"I lost someone in my family that I was really close to. It was a shock," Cage said. "This was the first person I lost that way. People who have lost someone close will know what I'm talking about. I've never been a religious guy, don't really believe in god, but I guess I needed to find some meaning to this experience. For me, writing this story was a way to do that."

In addition to revealing that Page's character would pilot a submarine at some point in Beyond, Page also mentioned one of her other co-stars, actor Eric Winter.

We'll have more on Beyond: Two Souls from our interview with David Cage later this week.

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