Quantic Dream is known for their engaging story lines that do more than tip-toe on the emotions of the player. Bringing them into real life experiences, in Heavy Rain, the team put the players in situations that they would never want to be in, in real life, and give the player the opportunity to play the story out the way they would make decisions, if those instances were real. The player can also play the game in another direction, to obtain many different outcomes of the story.
David Cage wanted to tap into the realm of the unknown with Beyond: Two Souls by bringing in Aiden. Aiden is a spiritual entity who is connected to Jody, whom Ellen Page's role in the game is.
Ellen Page explains the game to USA Today:
David is telling stories by having these games with complex emotions and ethical and moral choices that lead to significant consequences. How an audience interacts with that, I think, is really interesting.
More and more actors and actresses are lending their voices to video game characters. Even more popular musicians are writing scores and recording songs for games. It was surprising to hear her initial reaction to being offered the role. Page shared, "I didn't even know how to think about it or wrap my head around it, because I didn't understand what it meant to be in a video game."
Page is not only lending her voice to Jody, but her likeness to the character, as well.
David Cage admits that "Page had been a muse for him as he wrote the script. He focused on an image of her with a shaved head from 2005's Mouth to Mouth," shares USA Today.
"It was probably just my projection of who she was or who she could be. But the character I was writing was someone who would seem vulnerable, but at the same time is really a strong character," Cage says. "I felt this strange mixture in what I could perceive through her movies."
Cage expresses that he couldn't imagine anyone else to fill the shoes as Jody: "We just sent her the script and kept our fingers crossed that she would be interested."
Admitting that she was hesitant about taking the role, due to not playing video games for over a decade, she is now a believer, having finished the work on the game, "I was so blown away and so moved, truly moved, by what they have created and the world they had created, the scope of the technology and the beauty of the game."
Here are some more images that I cropped together to show how well her likeness was captured by David Cage and the Quantic Dream team.