‘Mass Effect 2′ Casts Martin Sheen, Seth Green And Tricia Helfer

Bioware may want “Mass Effect 2” to feel like “The Empire Strikes Back,” but the game’s casting choices pull from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Battlestar Galactica.” Former Klingon Michael Dorn and “BSG” stars Michael Hogan and Tricia Helfer will join big-name actors Martin Sheen and Seth Green in the sequel, rounding off an impressive lineup.

“Emotionally engaging narrative is a key design pillar for BioWare, and the top-notch voice talent in ’Mass Effect 2′ helps drive this goal,” BioWare co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka said in a press release. “Credible, powerful personalities are vital to delivering a compelling story experience in BioWare’s games, and we have assembled an amazing ensemble cast that surpasses the very high bar set in the original ’Mass Effect’!”

Sheen will headline the game’s voice talent roster “as the mysterious Illusive Man who commands Cerberus, a secretive paramilitary organization dedicated to protecting human interests in the galaxy,” the release states. Green, meanwhile, will reprise his role from the first “Mass Effect” as Joker alongside Keith David as Admiral David Anderson. Other names appearing in the credits include Shohreh Aghdashloo, Yvonne Strahovski, Carrie-Anne Moss and Adam Baldwin.

That’s a list that should definitely resonate with sci-fi fans when the game hits on January 26, 2010.

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