In Assassin’s Creed Unity, our hero is played by Canadian actor Dan Jeanotte, who normally spends his days as part of a touring sketch comedy troupe – a far leap from all-new assassin, the mysterious Arno Dorian.
While the studio’s keeping Arno himself in the shadows, Ubisoft has taken a peek under the hood (geddit?) to shed a little more light on the actor playing the character.
As is becoming the norm these days, Jeanotte performed both the voice acting and motion-capture for the role, saying he identified with Arno because “he’s young and inexperienced and kind of a brat”.
He also explains that while his natural speaking voice has a Canadian accent, Arno speaks with more British tones – this is Ubisoft‘s decision. Reportedly, the studio wanted people to have “historical British accents like you would in something like the movie Gladiator”.
…and while this is the first time Jeanotte’s stepped into the spotlight, it’s not his first time working with the franchise. Listen closely, and you might hear him popping up in Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, providing additional background voices.
Assassin’s Creed Unity is due out for Windows PC, PS4 and Xbox One from October 28.