Troy Baker, who voiced Rhys in Tales from the Borderlands, might not be reprising his role in the upcoming sequel.
Borderlands 3’s reveal trailer was a packed one, and one of the many, many things it showed was a glimpse of Rhys, the protagonist of Telltale Games’ episodic graphic adventure series, Tales from the Borderlands. His inclusion in the upcoming game has got a large number of fans very excited- but it seems Troy Baker, the popular actor who played him in Tales, might not be reprising his role in Borderlands 3.
This comes from Baker himself, who implied in response to a question asked by a fan at Supanova Melbourne (via Reddit) that though he would love to come back to play Rhys in Borderlands 3, he hadn’t been contacted by anyone from Gearbox.
“If Gearbox decides that they’ll let me do it, that’ll be awesome,” said Baker. “I have no idea. There was a possibility that I was gonna be in it, then I saw that epic, epic trailer, and everyone’s like ‘oh my god, there’s Rhys!’ And I went, ‘well, there we go.’”
“I’ve never done this before, but I would love for Gearbox to know that it’s not about me, it’s about that character,” Baker went on.
He then went on to mention that Gearbox might possibly be going with Matt Mercer instead, an actor who’s gone on to play roles originally played by Baker in several games, including Kanji in the Persona games, who was originally played by Baker in Persona 4.
Given the fact that Borderlands 3 is a few months away from releasing, it’s likely that Gearbox probably went with someone else to play the role of Rhys, and that Baker indeed won’t be returning to do so- which is a real shame, because he was excellent in Tales from the Borderlands.