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Michael B Jordan to voice lead character in Rooster Teeth mech show "gen:LOCK"

Oct 25, 2017
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Michael B. Jordan, who portrayed the tortured villain Erik Killmonger in Black Panther and will reprise the title role in Creed II, will join Rooster Teeth’s animated series gen:LOCK to voice the main character, Julian Chase.

The actor, whose star has been on the rise since his critically acclaimed performance in NBC’s Friday Night Lights and the indie breakout Fruitvale Station, will lend his considerable talent — though, alas, not his arresting physique — to the sci-fi series.

“We are excited beyond belief to announce Michael B. Jordan as the voice of Julian Chase in gen:LOCK,” said Gray G. Haddock, gen:LOCK creator and head of Rooster Teeth Animation, who noted that Jordan’s “love of anime” that drew him to the project.

In gen:LOCK, Earth’s last free society is on the losing side of a global war, and recruits a diverse team of young pilots to control the next generation of mecha-giant, weaponized robot bodies. As Chase leaves behind his life as a fighter pilot to become the first candidate for the program, he finds his endurance, as well as his very identity, will be tested.
http://deadline.com/2018/05/black-p...ock-1202394317/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

From a company that did Halo machinimas to this. They also recently signed Rob McElhenney to produce another animated show.
 
Oct 29, 2017
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I fell off of Red vs Blue around S3 or S4. I'm still impressed at what they've become. Their content isn't for me but it blows me away. Long way from a group of guys who's initial trailer included a Limp Bizkit song in it.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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This isn't the first time they've gotten big hollywood actors to voice characters (Elijah Wood voiced Sigma in Red vs Blue season 10).

Oh damn that actually looks great.

Now this brings me to my next question...how good has the writing been in RWBY recently?
Better than the first couple of seasons, but it still has a ways to go.
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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Wait, Rooster Teeth can afford Michael B. Jordan?!

Is RWBY this profitable?!
Rooster Teeth is owned by Fullscreen, which is owned by AT&T, and they have a successful subscription service that they want to make even more successful. Makes sense.

Also probably
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Whoah this is a big get, props to all involved.

The little teaser they played in front of Lazer Team 2 seemed promising enough, now I'll definitely be waiting in anticipation for this.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Man, it's all kinds of crazy how much Rooster Teeth has grown in the past decade or so. Remember when they were (almost) only about RvB? Damn. Granted, personally, I've fallen out of their core demographic I guess (not a fan of their recent output) but I'm glad to see them doing well!
 
Nov 5, 2017
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Man, it's all kinds of crazy how much Rooster Teeth has grown in the past decade or so. Remember when they were (almost) only about RvB? Damn. Granted, personally, I've fallen out of their core demographic I guess (not a fan of their recent output) but I'm glad to see them doing well!
Yeah, RT has grown considerably and on if that's a good thing is up to interpretation
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Yeah, RT has grown considerably and on if that's a good thing is up to interpretation
Like I said, personally I'm not the biggest fan of their recent output. However I gotta give them credit for coming this far. I doubt any of us, 10 years ago, could have guessed they'd ever be this big (perhaps not even them either).
 
Oct 25, 2017
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RWBY still suffers from writing and production issues, but gen:lock really does seem like a much bigger and high-budget endeavour that Gray is really passionate about.

Hopefully they can nail it without too much trouble, since I’ve kinda lost hope that RWBY is capable of improving at their current rate.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I have no clue why they do this, it's only going to stunt popularity. RWBY is not following suit thankfully
I think it’s because of stuff like this is why they need to guarantee they can make money off it. Gen:lock looks like a tier above in production costs and having hot talent like MBJ voicing the lead character can’t be cheap.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I'm way more interested in this than Rwby. I seriously hope they have better animators and don't cut so many corners. I've had friends try time and time again to get me into Rwby and it just falls so flat for me but I'm staying cautiously optimistic for this.
 
Nov 1, 2017
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HOW THE FUCK DID THEY GET MBJ FOR THIS?!?!
This is kinda below him but hey grats to RT for landing him
Wait, Rooster Teeth can afford Michael B. Jordan?!

Is RWBY this profitable?!
You guys gotta remember that MBJ grew up on this stuff too. I bet 10 years ago he didnt ever think he'd do stuff with RT, the guys behind rvsb. If they reached out to me and i was finally famous i'd do it too.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Jesus Christ what a glo up for Roosterteeth, I still remember them fucking pointing a sentinel beam at each other in halo 2 to make videos.