Is Grand Theft Auto V Heading to LA Under the Codename 'Rush'?
Written Tuesday, March 08, 2011 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
As any kind of official word on Grand Theft Auto V continues to elude us, the rumour mill has once again begun to grind into action, and it could be that it's dispensed a few potential slivers of interesting GTA V information, courtesy of internet sleuth, Superannuation, whose Twitter feed is host to a string of posts pertaining to a casting call for characters.
These characters all feature in something that's currently going under the codename of 'Rush', with the casting call going out to actors for motion capture. Superannuation's investigation began in late February, when a reference to motion capture - which has since been erased - led to Rockstar's favourite casting studio, Telsey & Company.
The characters listed for motion capture and voice work, all have a distinct GTA feel to them with the casting call looking for actors to play the likes of "Brother Adam, a Welsh monk/cult leader/yoga teacher," who is also "very lithe, very into exploring your personal tension through gripping massage" or Mitch Hayes, an "annoying, wise cracking, highly successful FBI agent. In great shape. Does triathlons, drinks low cal beer, but still has a sense of humour". Then there's Rich Roberts, "English hardman actor, 35, who acts tough but who wants to do serious work - the only problem is he can't quite read the words".
This all sounds right up Grand Theft Auto's street, and when you consider that the rest of the cast includes "a weed evangelist", "an old unshaven female spiritualist", a "neurotic soccer mom", a "publicist for an actress known as America's newest sweetheart who just so happens to love animals, orphans, drugs and sex" and a guy called Nervous Jerry, you can't help but think that perhaps the casting call really is for GTA V.
"Among the projects listed in the casting call was an "interactive project" called "Rush," which featured characters that fit with the few details I heard about GTA5; outlandish characters, weed, gangsters, & celebrities fit the profile for a contemporary LA-set GTA game," Superannuation tweeted last night. "Plus it's being casted by Telsey & Company. With all of that, I feel fairly confident in saying that "Rush" is actually a codename for GTA5."
Superannuation also managed to discover a link between Rush and Rockstar, via a tweet posted by professional wrestler and aspiring actor Robert Esparza, which has predictably been deleted. The tweet read: "Got body scanned for my role in the video game 'Rush', coming out on Rockstar Games."
So, an eclectic cast of oddball characters, a possible return to LA and all signs point to this quite possibly being the first bit of real info on Grand Theft Auto V. What's clear is that Rockstar is indeed setting about working on a new project codenamed 'Rush', that could be GTA V. Until official word comes through from Rockstar via an official announcement however, this has to be chalked up as nothing more than rumour and speculation for now. Still, the evidence is pretty damn convincing if you ask us.