One of Sony’s longest-running and most popular franchises is “God of War.” The Santa Monica Studio-created franchise first appeared on the PlayStation 2 in 2005, but it has since grown to include several games, books, and novels, as well as the potential for an Amazon Prime television series adaptation. With the release of “God of War” for the PlayStation 4 in 2018, the series received a soft reboot, featuring a more laid-back Kratos and his son Atreus as they got embroiled in Norse mythology-related events rather than the Greek pantheon of the game’s predecessors.
Following the death of Baldur, “God of War Ragnarok” will carry on that narrative and follow the two characters as they deal with Thor and Freya. When it comes out in November of this year, a number of new characters, like as Odin, will join the cast as they battle Kratos and put an end to the Norse age.
Players will have the opportunity to hear several new voice actors who will depict many of the previously unrevealed characters in “God of War Ragnarok,” in addition to certain series regulars. While viewers may have some knowledge of the characters they will be portraying, they might not be aware of the cast’s stunning beauty.
Kratos is Christopher Judge.
Kratos, the protagonist of the “God of War” series, hardly qualifies as a hero. Christopher Judge, who took up the character for the 2018 video game “God of War,” provides his deep, gloomy voice. Carson had previously played the part. Judge was selected for the new titles, according to Carson, because he could produce adequate motion capture for the character in contrast to himself (via Vlad TV). The persona, also known as the Ghost of Sparta, has a history of killing gods throughout his life, but is currently trying to raise his son in a peaceful environment.
Judge said on Twitter last year that he was the reason “God of War Ragnarok” was postponed because of health issues that prevented him from walking. The actor has demonstrated his willingness to interact with fans and put on a show at award shows by acknowledging the significance of his role in the community. In addition to “God of War,” Judge has voiced several characters in “World of Warcraft” and portrayed Black Panther in Crystal Dynamic’s “Marvel’s Avengers.” He also wrote a number of episodes for “Stargate SG-1,” but his role as Teal’c on that show is perhaps what made him most famous.
Thor actor Ryan Hurst.
The Norse god Thor is addressed frequently throughout the plot of 2018’s “God of War,” despite the fact that he is largely absent from the film. Almost everyone despises him because of his propensity for violence and brutality. In the real finale, Thor makes an appearance immediately before the game comes to a close, joining Kratos and Atreus in a dream battle. According to well-known business insider Nibel, he will be voiced by Ryan Hurst and serve as Freya’s major adversary in “God of War Ragnarok.” That makes sense given how Kratos murdered Baldur’s two sons and brother.
Hurst will make his first appearance in a video game in “God of War Ragnarok.” He has been in dozens of films and television shows, though, making him a seasoned veteran of the screen. In a 2015 interview with Beardbrand, he discussed how his mother is an acting coach and his father appeared in “Dukes of Hazard,” suggesting that he was destined to be an actor. In spite of having appearances in “Outsiders” and “Bosch,” his two most well-known roles were in “Sons of Anarchy” and “The Walking Dead.” Hurst teaches and practises Kundalini yoga in addition to performing (via LA Magazine)
Freya is Danielle Bisutti.
Freya, a Vanir deity, plays a significant role in the 2018 video game “God of War,” assisting Kratos and Atreus in their journey. She was once Odin’s wife and is the mother of Baldur. She attempts to atone for her life’s misdeeds by helping the travelling couple and develops an immediate attachment to Atreus in particular. Freya, who is represented by Danielle Bisutti in “God of War” and its sequel, will take on a more adversarial personality as she strives to get revenge on Baldur’s killer in the second game (via Gamesradar+).
After making her television acting debut in the series “Strip Mall,” Bisutti went on to appear in the films “Tropix,” “Get Smart,” and “Curse of Chucky.” She joined the Nickelodeon series “True Jackson, VP” as a main cast member in 2008 and then had a regular part in the fantasy series “Dwight in Shining Armor.” However, Bisutti has had a career as a vocalist as well, taking up a prize at the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2003. Many of her songs are streamable online at places like Spotify.
Skuld by Shelby Young.
In “God of War Ragnarok,” Shelby Young will play Skuld, a figure with little prior knowledge among fans. Her absence from “God of War” and the specific part she will play in the forthcoming game are both unknowns. But by examining Norse mythology, Britannica provides some insight into what players may anticipate from Skuld. She appears as a Valkyrie and shares the role of goddess of fate with Urd and Verdandi, according to the Wikipedia.
Young has performed as a variety of characters in video games ranging from “Dead Rising 3” to “Genshin Impact,” making him an accomplished voice actor. Several “Star Wars” products, including “Star Wars: Visions,” “Star Wars Forces of Destiny,” and “Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga,” where she is most known for portraying Princess Leia, have also utilised her voice. She is arguably most known for her roles on “Days of Our Lives” and “American Horror Story” in terms of live-action work.
Odin is Richard Schiff.
Another character in “God of War” who doesn’t present physically but is frequently discussed is Odin (Richard Schiff). Because he is the god who leads the Aesir and is the father of strong individuals like Thor, Baldur, Hodr, and Bragi, he is perhaps the most significant deity in the Norse pantheon. Mimir reveals to Kratos and Atreus in the game that Odin is an obsessive individual who is concerned about any potential dangers to his authority, which may easily put him at odds with Kratos.
According to Schiff, who spoke with the Jewish Telegraph, he initially started performing while a student at the City College of New York and later worked as a director in theatre before getting his start in television and film. Releases like “Cheers,” “Tales from the Crypt,” and “The Bodyguard” were among them. His other roles include Eddie in “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” but he is best recognised for his portrayal as Toby Ziegler in “The West Wing,” for which he won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Hrist Erica Lindbeck.
One of the few named characters in Norse mythology, Hrist is a member of the Valkyries, a group of female warriors who are tasked with escorting the deceased to Valhalla when they die. She is known as Shaker, and according to Pantheon, it was she who brought Odin his horn at his demand. Since Hrist is absent from “God of War,” it is unclear what she will do in the follow-up and whether she will fight against Kratos and Atreus, although this seems likely given her close ties to Odin. But we do know that Erica Lindbeck will perform her voice.
Lindbeck is best known for playing Barbie, despite the fact that she is a voice actress who has been in numerous movies and TV shows. Kelly Sheridan’s voice for the doll and its appearances in various media was replaced by hers (via Cosmopolitan). Before getting into acting, Lindbeck was a successful young horse rider, but she gave it up after her beloved mount got hurt. Along with having credits in recent TV and film productions including “DC Super Hero Girls” and “ThunderCats Roar,” she has voiced characters in dozens of video games, including “Spider-Man” and “World of Warcraft: Warbringers.”
Durlin and Usman Ally.
Durlin has not yet been encountered by players in “God of War Ragnarok,” like many other characters who were completely absent from the 2018 game. The figure, whose voice will be provided by Usman Ally, does not exist in Norse mythology under the same name but may be based on Durinn. He is the second dwarf made, a skilled blacksmith who served as the model for Durin in “The Lord of the Rings” (via World History). Durlin appears to be a small, stocky man carrying several clearly visible scrolls and a purple octopus on his shoulder from the tiny glances of the character shown in promotional graphics.
Ally has performed on stage for a number of Broadway plays, making her an accomplished performer. The actor, who told Awards Daily that he was a tremendous fan of the programme and the way his character helps portray Muslims on television, cites being cast in “Veep” as one of the career high points of his life. Additionally, he has made appearances in “Suits,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Angrboda Laya DeLeon Hayes.
Even though she isn’t in “God of War,” Angrboda is the mother of both Hel and Fenrir and is occasionally mentioned in game materials. The character is a Jötunn from Norse mythology who marries Loki and gives birth to the world serpent Jörmungandr. She will probably meet Atreus early on in “God of War Ragnarok” as a result of this. Laya DeLeon Hayes played the role, and when her race was disclosed by some online communities, there was some uproar (via GameRant).
DeLeon Hayes is a well-known young actor who has made a name for herself in the business, according to CBS. She is perhaps most recognised for playing the title role in “Doc McStuffins,” which she replaced Kiara Muhammad in after Disney chose to find a new actor for the part (via Deadline). Additionally, she has made appearances in numerous television shows, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Code Black,” “Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie,” and “Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny.”
Urd. Kate Miller.
Similar to Skuld, Urd is also referred to as Urr and is a Norn deity. According to Oxford Reference, her name in Norse mythology stood for the concept of the past as it related to the fate of humanity. The other gods, including Odin and the other members of the Aesir pantheon, are supposed to submit to her two sisters, Verdandi and Skuld, who are concerned with the present and the future. The persona will be portrayed by Kate Miller in “God of War Ragnarok.”
For a variety of video games, including “Destiny 2,” “Guild Wars 2,” and “Wasteland 2,” Miller has given voices. She also has a part in the upcoming “Gotham Knights,” but her television roles on shows like “Ramy,” “Blue Bloods,” and “Hightown” are arguably the ones for which she is most remembered. The actor, who also played Debbie DuPree in the television series “Sealab 2021,” is married to John DiMaggio, a renowned voice actor.
Byggvir is Daniel Kountz.
In Norse mythology, Byggvir is a god’s servant who serves under Freyr alongside his wife Beyla. Due to the fact that Freyr is linked to both Baldur and Freya, this puts him in close contact with both. Byggvir, a physical representation of agriculture, is not considered to be a deity. The character isn’t in “God of War” and isn’t even addressed there, but we do know that Daniel Kountz will be voicing him.
The actor has previously appeared as two different video game characters: Francis Watkins in “L.A. Noire” by Rockstar and Gale Holden in “Lost Planet 3.” With appearances in “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Youthful Daze,” “Mad Men,” and “ER,” television has featured his work the majority of the time. According to Realtor.com, Kountz has more than three years of expertise and also works as a realtor with Keller Williams Realty Studio.
Beyla Morla Gorrondona.
Beyla, like her spouse Byggvir, is a little-known Norse mythological figure who serves Freyr. She is related to forestry and agriculture, and experts have mostly derived information about her function from the entomology of her name. She may have a name associated with cows, beans, or bees, all of which are associated with agricultural or animal husbandry, according to Pantheon. Morla Gorrondona will play Beyla in the upcoming video game “God of War.”
The voice actor has more than 15 years of experience, according to Gorrondona’s website. She developed a lifelong knack for voicework as a child by imitating people she watched on television and soon started recording her own impressions on a cassette. Her almost entirely video game-related credits include appearances in well-known titles including “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4,” “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus,” “Destiny 2,” “Star Wars: The Old Republic – Knights of the Eternal Throne,” and “Death Stranding.” In “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power,” she also played Light Hope and Hologram.
Einherjar Anna Brisbin.
Given that they were not included in the first game, little is known about the role the Einherjar would play in “God of War Ragnarok.” The murdered soldiers who were carried to Valhalla in majesty by the Valkyries were said to be the Einherjar, according to tradition. Here they would practise every day for Ragnarok, eating meat from Saehrmnir and drinking mead (via Norse Mythology). In 2021, Anna Brisbin shared her delight about becoming a part of the future game on Twitter by announcing that she will be voicing one of the Einherjar.
Brisbin has been in a lot of movies, TV shows, and video games as an actor. Her initial roles in the industry, as someone who is somewhat new to it, were in “A Snow Globe Christmas” and “Brimstone Terrace” in 2013, and she has since made appearances in “Shrek Retold,” “Hyperlinked,” and the video game “Final Fantasy VII Remake.” Outside of her line of employment, Brisbin has demonstrated a gift for impressions. She frequently uploads videos online in which she portrays several well-known characters from series like Harry Potter and Disney.
Skjolder by A.J. LoCascio.
However little Santa Monica Studio has revealed about Skjölder and his role in the narrative, fans can extrapolate a few things from Norse mythology. According to Pantheon, Yngvi was given control of Sweden, and Skjöldr, the son of Odin, was given control of Denmark. The character will be voiced by A.J. LoCascio, who even provided fans with a hint on Twitter on how to say his character’s name.
LoCascio is an accomplished voice actor who has performed in “Star Wars: Squadrons,” “Doom Eternal,” and “Jurassic World Evolution.” In multiple “Back to the Future” films, he provided Marty McFly’s voice, and in other “Star Wars” films, he played Han Solo. His most prominent performance outside of gaming was as Lotor in “Voltron: Legendary Defender.”
Einherjar Laura Megan Stahl.
In “God of War Ragnarok,” Laura Megan Stahl will voice one of the Einherjar, just like Anna Brisbin did in the previous instalment. Given that the catastrophic event Ragnarok features in its name, it is likely that these mythical warriors will play a significant role in the next title. They are scheduled to participate in the ultimate battle of Ragnarok. This could imply that they will ultimately face off against Kratos and Atreus or take on a different role in the story. In a 2021 Twitter post, Stahl expressed how thrilled she was to be a part of the game.
In his capacity as a voice actor, Stahl has done the dubbing for several anime. Her more prominent credits include the following “”Pokémon Evolutions,” “The Promised Neverland,” and “Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun.” In more recent times, she has lent her voice to video games including “Soul Hackers 2” and “Phantom Breaker: Omnia,” two of which were probably recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, which the actor described in an interview with CrunchyRoll as “an anxiety-inducing event.”