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Rumor: GTA V casting underway, franchise moving to LA

GTA 5 is happening; this much we can guarantee. As for where it's happening and who it will star, Take-Two and Rockstar aren't ready to say. Luckily for us inquisitive types, the internet is full of impatient, web savvy fans, and one by the name of Superannuation has dug up casting details suggesting GTA V is being developed under the code name RUSH, and it will be taking place in Los Angeles.

Earlier this week, Superannuation tweeted a link to casting call issued by Rockstar's go-to motion capture talent agency, Telsey + Company. Though GTA V itself is never mentioned by name, the offbeat, satirical character descriptions reveal a cast befitting of a standard GTA series.

Examples include:

Kevin De Silva: 18, Albert's fat, FPS playing gamer son. Smokes a lot of weed, has anxiety issues and a card for a bad back, very soft, very opinionated. Into making racist comments while playing online.

Chad: 29, pretty boy misogynist Beverly Hills party boy. Made money, but not as cool as he thinks he is

Miguel Gonzalez: 25, Young Mexican American FBI agent, caught between a few mob bosses. Very clean cut

Mitch Hayes: 38, Annoying, wise cracking, highly successful FBI agent. In great shape. Does triathlons, drinks low cal beer, but still has a sense of humor.

Further internet sleuthing has also uncovered actress Shandar Robinson's resume which lists RUSH as one of her credits and describes the role as an 'inner city female street' . It also confirms Take-Two's connection to the project.

Assuming we're not completely misreading Rockstar's actions, this could mean the announcement of a new GTA within the year. Moreover, as everyone's favorite industry analyst Michael Pachter was keen to point out last year, GTA V almost needs to happen by 2012. Shortly after Take-Two issued its financial stats in December, he explained,  “We fully expect the next installment of Grand Theft Auto to be released by Q4:12 at the latest, as the company’s contracts with the three employees most instrumental in the game’s development (Les Benzies, Sam and Dan Houser) expire in January 2012."

Added up, these scant details are compelling evidence Rockstar is well into development of a new GTA title. Either that, or the studio is working on one hell of a clone. If these particular rumors turn out to be true, are you interested in seeing the franchise make a name for itself in Los Santos... er, Los Angeles?

[Source: 1up.com]

Mar 8, 2011

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19 comments

  • Plasmahead321 - March 13, 2011 12:39 a.m.

    We Should be brought to London or maybe Dublin
  • Revolution472 - March 9, 2011 5:22 a.m.

    wow....really rockstar? LA?? weve been there before!! why would i want a revamp of it?? take us to london!
  • WickedSid - March 9, 2011 3:40 a.m.

    Its could be set in LA and its code named RUSH? Oh my... Put two and two together and it becomes... LA RUSH! Main character is going to be a Racer, like Brucey. Dunn, Dunn, DUNN!
  • D0CCON - March 9, 2011 12:56 a.m.

    I guess moving it to LA means only having to change half the title from their other game (LA Noire). I wonder if we'll find any similarities in the worlds (watch all of the buildings in GTA look the same as LAN except modernized and the city layout will be exactly the same). I'm excited for news no matter what happens
  • DeadlyViper95 - March 9, 2011 12:55 a.m.

    am i the ONLY one who thinks that this is going to be called Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2 ?
  • Outlander - March 8, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    I pretty much agree with PaintedMan there. I really liked GTA IV and the more serious story it told. I'm not really too excited to return to Los Santos or "Los Angeles." But I know R* will make it awesome nevertheless. Honestly, I'm just really hoping we finally get a female protagonist.
  • PaintedMan - March 8, 2011 9:12 p.m.

    I've never understood the hate for GTA IV's slightly darker tone. The way people go on you'd think it was Requiem for a Dream in game form. GTA IV was still hilarious in places and I'll take a decent character over an empty avatar any day. As to LA, like some others I'd probably have preferred a new city, but then I said the same thing about Liberty City and ended up loving it. Think I'll give Rockstar the benefit of the doubt this time.
  • SAUGAPRIME - March 8, 2011 9:05 p.m.

    If GTA 5 is not like what san andreas was for PS2 then you will lose all your fans. It better be alot more then what we've seen so far in the GT worlds.
  • Shagnasty - March 8, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    I bet it got its name from San Fransisco Rush. It'll be in SanFran after Gay Tony has started a new empire.
  • Crypto140 - March 8, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    Wait, does that mean I can apply to voice someone in GTA 5? That would be the greatest job of all time.
  • CoryM1134 - March 8, 2011 8:51 p.m.

    I'm ultimately okay with anywhere Rockstar chooses, but man, I really don't like California. Then again, it's easy to make fun of, I suppose, so an easy choice for GTA. Since its a "rumor," I'll still hold out just a little hope for London...
  • dagresham112288 - March 8, 2011 8:38 p.m.

    Hell yeah! Grand Theft Auto V in LA is going to be much cleaner and beautiful than San Andreas. More graphical details, more hot girls, much better weather visual including the sunlight. L.A IS THE BEST IN THE GAMING WORLD. But, Midnight Club L.A was ok. But, GTA V or 'RUSH' will kick some ass here this time. LOL. But, still can wait for L.A NOIRE which is set in the older day. But, GO ROCKSTAR!
  • Redeater - March 8, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    Way to think outside the box Rockstar....
  • thecelticmandolin - March 8, 2011 7:14 p.m.

    really, LA? That seems like Rockstar would be getting incredibly lazy seeing as they have LA Noire coming out within this year. Albeit it's a different time period and different branch of R*, that doesn't seem like something they would do...
  • ExcessGiraffe - March 8, 2011 6:57 p.m.

    @reeperskull Oh my god yes, San Andreas 2 would be glorious. GTA IV was too dark, too grim and too serious. I just really didn't feel like GTA. If the team at Rockstar North go back to the semi-serious, semi-unrealistic gameplay and tone that made San Andreas so good, they will have a winner on their hands.
  • BadLadJon - March 8, 2011 6:51 p.m.

    is it true its PS3 only? (dont rage at me, fucking internet rumour :P)
  • JSayonara - March 8, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    I hope it's not L.A. It's one of the most boring cities to set a game in (Midnight Club L.A was dull). I'd be happy with the trifecta of L.A/San Fran/Las Vegas again though, especially as RDR sorted the countryside stuff out. Also sounds like it's set in the modern day (with the internet gamer bit). I was hoping for another period piece, '70's would have been nice. Oh well. It's still GTA and I'll love it whatever.
  • reeperskull - March 8, 2011 6:35 p.m.

    loved the description for the gamer son character. los santos again could be alright i would have prefered somwhere new. But as long as there is still a trip to las venturas and they bring back car customization i will be more then happy to play san andreas 2.
  • BurntToShreds - March 8, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    I hope they: -Make the series less GRIMDARK -Have a larger area to explore; Liberty City was teensy compared to New Austin and San Andreas -Have driving controls that don't feel like I'm driving an F-1 car on an ice-rink

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