When the first trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake dropped, one of the biggest surprises was the all-new voice cast. The game’s producer, Yoshinori Kitase, recently commented on the decision to recast the English voice actors.
He told IGN, “The original game obviously never had a voice cast. We began using actors for the characters starting with the second work in the compilation, the sequel movie Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. For the film, the characters were already older than in the original game and 15 years have passed since then, we’ve continued to work with the same voice actors over numerous projects. However, since this title is set in an era that precedes Advent Children, with a younger cast, we wanted to discover a new generation of voice actors that would be suitable for expressing younger versions of the characters. While expressing our utmost respect to the Advent Children cast, I look forward to the future success of the new cast.”
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2005’s Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children was the first time Cloud and the gang got voice actors. Most notably, Steve Burton was cast as Cloud Strife, George Newbern was cast as Sephiroth and Rachael Leigh Cooke was cast as Tifa Lockhart. Since then, a majority of the Advent Children voice cast has gone to appear in several Final Fantasy related spin-offs, including Kingdom Hearts and Dissidia.
As late as 2018, as part of Final Fantasy NT, Burton, Newbern and Leigh Cooke all reprised their roles. For the 2020 remake, Cody Christian, Tyler Hoechlin and Britt Baron played those roles respectively. While Mena Suvari voiced Aerith in Advent Children and Kingdom Hearts II, Mandy Moore took the part for Kingdom Hearts. In the remake, Briana White plays Aerith.
Despite the vast changes for the main characters of the English version, the Japanese voice cast from Advent Children and other spin-offs all returned for the Remake.
Final Fantasy VII Remake is developed and published by Square Enix. The game is available now on PlayStation 4.
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