"Brutal Legend" Dumps Dio for Tim Curry

I haven't spoken much about the upcoming metal-infused adventure game "Brütal Legend" starring Jack Black, mostly because I think Metalocalypse took metal irony, perfected it, and then beat it to death. However, with cameos from the likes of Ozzy Ozbourne and Rob Halford, 'Legend' should be an entertaining, if not very fun game. Up until recently, that fun included the vocal talent of one Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Rainbow, etc.), but that is no longer. I'm not sure of all of the details, but it sounds as if the devs realized that while including Dio is a metal no-brainer, he might not have the voice acting chops to lend to a character that is ever-present in the game and constantly sparring with Jack Black.

"Ronnie James Dio is an amazing singer and truly one of the great figures of Metal, but as the character of Doviculus evolved, we realized that Tim Curry was a better fit for the part," Schafer said in a statement to Kotaku. "Anyone who has seen his amazing performance as the Lord of Darkness in the movie Legend knows why we cast him in the role of Doviculus, Emperor of the Tainted Coil."

I may be slapped for saying this, but I always found Dio to be the creepy aunt of the metal scene, and I love Tim Curry, so this is great news to me. For those of you who haven't seen/heard anything about this game, this trailer should give you a good idea about what you're in for.


Tim Schafer Explains Why Dio's Out Of Brütal Legend, Tim Curry's In


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