Warner Bros. has cast Gene Hackman and Laurence Fishburne in its videogame adaptation of “Dirty Harry.”
Clint Eastwood has been involved as producer and star since the game started development last year.
“Dirty Harry” game, which takes place between the first and second films, is the third major vidgame Warner Bros. is publishing itself, following last year’s commercially disappointing “Matrix Online” and “Justice League,” which comes out this fall.
Hackman will play Harry’s boss, Police Supervisor Al Bressler. In the 1971 pic, Bressler was played by Harry Guardino, who passed away in 1995. Fishburne will play a new opponent for Harry named Rev. Carlton Clay.
“In all of the movies, Harry never had his equal in a bad guy, and we needed that in the game,” Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment topper Jason Hall said of Fishburne’s character.
Though neither actor was previously associated with the franchise, Hall said casting talented, recognizable thesps was important for a big-budget game and noted that Hackman is associated with other classic ’70s pics like “The French Connection.”
Both thesps will do voice work and provide likeness rights for the “Dirty Harry” game, set for release in 2007.
Casting was unveiled at the E3 vidgame confab, where WB chief exec Barry Meyer was on hand with the actors to show off the “Dirty Harry” vidgame.