Alyson Court Confirms: Not Reprising Claire for Resident Evil 2 Remake

Well, this is a shame – but news that’s been expected somewhat.

Alyson Court, the iconic voice of Resident Evil‘s Claire Redfield in all but one of her appearances, confirmed via YouTube today that she will not be reprising the character for the upcoming Resident Evil 2 Remake.

Announced about two years ago, fans have been eagerly anticipating the remake as RE2 is often cited as being one of the best games in the series, and the one other true remake (Resident Evil 2002, or REmake as fans call it) is equally beloved. One of the concerns fans had, however, was the voice cast. Resident Evil is kind of all over the place with the actors who have portrayed their heroes and villains – even the most popular voices like Roger Craig Smith (Chris Redfield), Paul Mercier (Leon Kennedy), and Sally Cahill (Ada Wong), have all been replaced over the years, and even then some of our favorite voices are replacements of others themselves (D.C. Douglas took over Albert Wesker from Richard Waugh, etc).

Claire, however, managed to stay consistently Alyson Court for nearly every single one of the characters’ appearances, until 2016’s Resident Evil: Revelations 2. It looks like this is going to carry on into REmake 2, as Alyson Court explains in a video update. Capcom did contact her early on in production, acknowledging the fan outcry for her return, but eventually the 3rd party localization team handling the game chose to go non-union, meaning that Alyson cannot reprise the role without breaking union. It’s a huge shame, but like I said, not unexpected.

Actors have to be careful working with their unions, and while some do break union and work under pseudonyms (worth noting that Claire’s Revelations 2 voice is provided by ‘James Baker’ … uh), not every actor can take that risk, or is willing to break union for a paycheck. You can watch her full explanation below.

   
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  • Atlier00

    Capcom can go fuck themselves for that one.

    • Rourke Keegan

      Wasn’t Capcom’s decision. They wanted her back.

      • Atlier00

        They hired this studio, so it IS their fault.

        • Mr.Csquared

          That makes no sense. The producer wanted her back because we asked for it. She literally said that in her video. It was the studio’s decision. Not Capcom’s.

          • Atlier00

            Do you hear yourself? You’re telling me Capcom has no say in their own game franchise after they HIRE people who are doing the motion/vocal capture? Capcom is letting the studio not use union actors, so it is their fault she isn’t coming back. Capcom is cheaping out on the vocal talent for the game,

            How is that hard to comprehend?

    • theundead

      Stop whining over a actor and get over it it wouldve been nice to have but she can’t do it plus least everyone is gwtt the remake so stop bitching

      • Atlier00

        Just as Jason Park put it, the fact they don’t want to use union actors means they are trying to cheap out on the game. It will totally affect the quality of the end product.

        • EvilResident

          Friend you clearly have no clue about how the acting industry works. Just stop your nonsense.

          • Atlier00

            And you apparently have no idea what’s being asked of said actors for game development these days. They have so much extra work that now goes into these final projects, it’s not unreasonable that they want to get paid for it.

            RE2 remake should be an all out AAA title, that aims for the best possible product. They are already allowing a partner to go cheap with casting the game and it’s pathetic. They couldn’t even bring Matt Mercer back….and he just did fucking Vendetta!

            The fact they can’t keep consistency with their characters is also, frankly, annoying as fuck. They keep changing characters looks and voices for every damn game/movie they release.

          • EvilResident

            Hmm. It’s weird that you think non-union automatically means it’ll be lower quality.

            Look, I love Court. We are, in fact, buddies. I also love unions. But to say that this game will be bad because they’re going the non-union route is flat-out stupid.

          • Atlier00

            I never said it would be “bad”. I said it would effect it’s quality and I never specified good or bad in my post.

            However, the fact Capcom is letting this company go non Union does mean that certain actors can’t be used for the project. So this also means Courtenay Taylor and Eden Reigel could potentially be replaced as well for Ada and Sherry respectively.

          • EvilResident

            I’m not that concerned BECAUSE the voices have always changed. It has never bothered me or most other people before, and it won’t now. I’m sure REmake2 is probably on the lower budget side, as it’s likely a return to classic survival horror, which is a big risk for Capcom to be taking. Their budget is going to be funneled as efficiently as possible.

            That, AND it makes sense that a remake would have new voices. How many remakes exist where the same actors have returned as the same characters? I can’t think of a single one across cinema or games.

          • Atlier00

            Just because YOU are fine with it, doesn’t mean that a lot of people don’t care about changing voice actors. Hell, I’ve seen far more people bummed by the fact Alyson isn’t back for Claire yet again and they have been vocal about it.

            People just recently complained about the fact Roger Craig Smith wasn’t back for Chris in either 7 or Vendetta. He is held in the same regards for Chris as Alyson is for Claire.

            Also, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes was a remake that brought everyone back. It was also another game from 1998 that was beloved on PS1. That studio, realized the importance of a voice actors performance for a character. People lost their shit when David Hayter was replaced as Snake in MGS5 as well. Movies remakes are different because it’s live action and you know that.

            For someone who chastises me for “assuming things”, you sure are speculating an awful lot about what the game will be like. For all you know it could be another VR game. We have no idea what the budget is for the game, but if Capcom is treating it as a budget title, who the hell would want that? RE2 deserves so much better.

          • EvilResident

            I hope it is VR. The issue is that there is absolutely no satisfying RE fans because most of them are toxic garbage people.

          • Atlier00

            That’s a lame excuse. You could say that of every fan base.

        • theundead

          Over a damn actor your Kidding right? What’s next camera angles

          • Atlier00

            Yup, first person blows.

          • theundead

            Umm no plus the first resident evil was originally first person anyway also did you whine when resident evil umbrella chronicles and the darkside chronicles were in first person?

          • Atlier00

            The first Resident Evil was also planned as a co-op game. No one ever seems to mention that one though; guess it doesn’t fit with an agenda. Point is, neither of those are what we got with the main numbered series.

            As for the two spin off games, I was more annoyed by the fact they were on rails and the stories were retold horribly. UC didn’t even include Barry and DC completely changed the Ashfords family dynamic.

            RE7 is mainly just boring after you get halfway through the game(which was pretty great at the start). The main story is almost non existent, Ethan was a boring protagonist, the enemies were extremely limited and the end boss was a joke. Let’s also add on the fact they might just royally screwed up a character with that stupid ending.

          • theundead

            Umn those were not spinoffs they are part of the main story

          • Atlier00

            Correction, only the non retelling section s are part of the main story. Even then, those two are still considered spin off games.

          • theundead

            Yea the retelling stories from part 2 and code veronica x was

          • Atlier00

            No, the new section with Leon and Krauser was canon in DSC. In UC, it’s things like Ada’s escape from Raccoon City, Wesker escaping the Spencer Mansion and Chris and Jill going to Russia. The actual retelling of the main numbered games aren’t canon. Hell UC’s, RE1 and RE3 sections are both missing Barry…

          • theundead

            Umm I know that

      • Ben Reilly

        Can we bitch over your shitty grammar instead, edgelord?

  • Jason Park

    The real issue here is the team going non-union. That’s code for “didn’t want to pay standard industry rates” and it’s a deathgrip on actor’s livelihoods.

    We shouldn’t support any decision to not pay actors union-determined remunerations as it can only inevitably lead to a decline in quality. We know that Resi is not known for quality voice acting and this is clearly the reason why. 😒

    • EvilResident

      As a non-union freelance and stage actor, this is kind of a BS comment. People have to start somewhere and we are still signing a contract. It’s a good way to break into it.

      • Jason Park

        It’s a shame you started out a really good point with some slander, EvilResident.

        Non-union contracts simply lower the bar for payment. Yes, you get exposure but you’re also devaluing your work and your contribution. You’ve worked hard for years (making assumptions but I can imagine they’re true) honing your craft only to accept a job below equity rates because the industry forces that upon you. Companies know there will always be actors desperately seeking work and hoping that this non-equity contract will be the one that throws them into a career. They depend on that mentality prevailing in order to undercut your wages. That’s why the Union exists. To combat companies playing actors against each other in a race to the bottom of the payscale. That’s the sad truth of it.

        • EvilResident

          All points here are good. I wasn’t trying to be slanderous, but it is true that it’s extremely difficult, if not impossible, to start out in a union.

          • Jason Park

            If that’s the case, I’d take that point to the union in your country. Equity here in Scotland require you to be working or training in the industry and that’s it.

  • Ben Reilly

    Haha, hope they don’t go with “James Baker” for this remake, don’t really care to hear 19-year-old characters sounding like grandmas.

    • Claire isn’t 19 in Revelations 2, tho?

      • Ben Reilly

        Her voice in Rev 2 was fine, as Claire was in her 30’s. I’m just hoping they don’t use the same voice actress for REmake 2, in which Claire is 19. It wouldn’t sound right.

        • Oh, that makes sense. I’d think they’d just recast again

          • Ben Reilly

            It’s entirely possible that they will recast again, this is true. I do hope that’s the case and that they have someone who sounds age-appropriate, and, I hope personally, they get someone who sounds at least a bit like Alyson.

  • RIP Eric Garner

    Capcom Lost Me Day 1 Buy and Day 1 PreOrder do Unjust Not Using Union

  • RIP Eric Garner

    I Wait until 3 Month Released Before Buying ResidentEvil2 remake unless Gameplay is ResidentEvilRemake otherwise Series died due to Capcom Greedy

    • Limit Break

      Died looooong ago. You are too late with these kinds of accusation.

  • Atlier00

    On just another note, Matthew Mercer said he wasn’t involved with Remake either. Another Leon voice actor gone…

  • MathewW

    That sucks. I’m sure the game will still be good (holding thumbs this side!) but if you listen to Alyson talk, you hear and see Claire in your minds eye. This is a huge misstep cuz if you’re making a remake of the best RE game and you’re banking on nostalgia, the voice actors are the first aspect you ensure is right.
    Oh well, thanks to Miss Court for being a champ about it, she really is a darling.

  • Limit Break

    …Um… And the big problem with this is… What, exactly ?
    Resident Evil characters are b-movie shlock heroes, their personalities don’t matter. If you think otherwise do realize that even CAPCOM doesn’t care – they made Leon into a lovable Dante-like asshole in the 4th game and then changed him back to be a yet another soldier boy in further instalments and movies.
    Nobody cares.
    And neither should you.

    • I mean, people obviously care, since the fan outcry at Court not playing Claire in Revelations 2 was so great that Capcom felt the need to approach her about playing Claire in the RE2 remake in the first place. Bye.

      • EvilResident

        I’m still way saltier about her not being in Rev 2. At least that was absolutely in the same continuity as the rest of the games. Losing Court in that game and changing her personality so much both really hurt what is otherwise an excellent game in my opinion.

        I mean, it can be assumed that REmake 2 will “replace” 2 in the canon like REmake 1 did, but that’s not the point.

  • Sherbert T Cat

    The unions were like “You can’t make your game without us!” the game companies are like “wanna bet?”

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