Woooooo! The legendary Rick Flair, a 16 time World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion is making an appearance in the forthcoming Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 expansion, Uprising. Flair will be featured alongside Malcolm McDowell from Clockwork Orange, Holly Valance from Neighbours and many more.
Flair will be taking the role of Commander Hill, a character you will take on in the new Commander’s Challenge. The Nature Boy had this to say about taking part in Uprising:
“When I found out that EA wanted me to be part of Command & Conquer, all I could say was ‘Woooooooooooo!’ I had a great time on set and, whiIe I may have retired from the ring, I think my fans are going to love seeing the “Nature Boy” style and profile his way to victory. I know my kids are going to have a great time trying to take it to me on the battlefield.”
Who would have thought that after retiring from the wrestling industry, we would see Flair in a video game? I certainly didn’t, but all I have to say is; Wooooooo!
Read on for the full press release:
Guildford, UK, January 27, 2009 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced the members of the live action movie cast for Command & Conquer™ Red Alert™ 3: Uprising, the upcoming campaign expansion to last autumn’s award-winning Command & Conquer™ Red Alert™ 3. Picking up in the aftermath of the events in the original, Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 Uprising features an eclectic cast, starring in the all new, live-action movie sequences the Command & Conquer franchise is known for. From sci- fi legends to rising starlets and masters of the squared-circle, the cast of Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising includes (in alphabetical order): Jamie Chung, (Dragonball Evolution), Ric Flair (16-time world heavyweight wrestling champion), Malcolm McDowell (Heroes, Clockwork Orange, Wing Commander), Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (Prison Break), Holly Valance (Neighbours) along with returning fan-favorites Gemma Atkinson and Ivana Milicevic.
“Quality live-action movies and storytelling have always been a unique component to the Command & Conquer DNA and we wanted to make sure we did things right with Uprising,” said Amer Ajami, Senior Producer at EA Los Angeles. “We are really pleased we were able to assemble another large and talented ensemble for Uprising, and we think our fans are going to be pleased by everyone’s performances, not only in the cutscenes, but also in Commander’s Challenge, where you’ll actually be battling some of our stars.”
“When I found out that EA wanted me to be part of Command & Conquer, all I could say was ‘Woooooooooooo!’” said 16-time world heavyweight champion, Ric Flair, who stars as Commander Hill, a commander players will have to take on in the new Commander’s Challenge mode. “I had a great time on set and, whiIe I may have retired from the ring, I think my fans are going to love seeing the “Nature Boy” style and profile his way to victory. I know my kids are going to have a great time trying to take it to me on the battlefield.”
Malcolm McDowell, who plays Rupert Thornley, the president of the European Union, and had previously starred in the live-action movies for the Wing Commander franchise, added, “It’s great to be working with good actors and the more good actors you can get to do games, the better. In the past people might have thought you could get away with anything in games and that isn’t a good attitude. Kids are spending a lot of money and time on these games and they deserve first rate performers and I’m glad to say that this is what Uprising is.”
Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising will take players deeper into the Red Alert™ universe with four new mini-campaigns set in the aftermath of the events of Red Alert 3. The game also features the new Commander’s Challenge mode, a series of 50 challenging, over-the-top scenarios where players will need to battle through a gauntlet of commanders and obstacles in order to unlock the game’s powerful new units.
Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising will be available for digital download this March and has not yet been rated by the ESRB or PEGI. For more information about the game, please visit www.commandandconquer.com, home of Command & Conquer TV, EA’s dedicated online Command & Conquer network that goes beyond the game and brings players all the latest news, tips and strategies straight from the developers. This Friday, fans can go to the website to catch the first episode of BattleCastTM PrimeTime, the channel’s flagship program, which will have all the latest Command & Conquer news including an interview with Ric Flair.
And for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising’s live-action movies and the debut of the game’s first trailer, tune in this weekend to “GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley” on SpikeTV (check local listings) and GameTrailers.com.