A few days ago, the original voice actor for Claire Redfield, Alyson Court, revealed that she would not be reprising the role for the Resident Evil 2 remake. At the time, she explained that the reason she wasn’t brought back to play Claire had to do with the localization company Capcom hired to work on the game wanting to go with a nonunion worker. Now Court has uploaded a new video on the situation, this time calling out Capcom directly.
In the video, Court says that she wouldn’t be upset about being replaced in the Resident Evil 2 remake if it was for creative reasons. However, she takes issue with being replaced because she is union, and feels as though Capcom replacing her is against the will of the fans.
“If the only reason they chose to replace me is because they want to go nonunion, it’s petty. It’s disrespectful. It’s disrespectful to me. It’s disrespectful to the other performance artists out there. Whether it’s full capture, motion capture, voice performers, everybody deserves a proper wage for what they’re doing. But most importantly, it’s disrespectful to you guys.”
To Court’s credit, there have been a couple of petitions that have popped up online since her initial video demanding that Capcom bring her back for the Resident Evil 2 remake. At the time of this writing, the petitions have generated a few hundred signatures, but the situation is a little more complicated than Capcom simply reaching out and bringing her back to play the voice of Claire Redfield.
Since last October, a video game voice actors strike has been having an impact on the industry. While not explicitly stated by Capcom or Court, it is certainly possible that the strike has influenced the company’s decision to go with someone other than Court to work on the game.
The voice actors strike certainly makes things messy, but there’s still a chance Capcom could change its mind and bring Court back to play Claire Redfield in the Resident Evil 2 remake. Whether or not fan-made petitions actually play a role in this decision remains to be seen.
The Resident Evil 2 remake is currently in development for unspecified platforms.