A new report alleges that Bayonetta voice actor Hellena Taylor was offered more money than she previously disclosed and that she was recast after “long negotiations” with Platinum Games.
On October 15, Bayonetta voice actor Hellena Taylor called out Platinum Games and Nintendo for “immoral” behavior, revealing that she will not be voicing the character in the upcoming third installment as she was only paid $4,000 to voice the part.
As a result, Taylor has called on fans of the series to boycott the game, with the situation now bringing the wider discourse surrounding the role of voice actors and compensation for their work to the fore.
Most recently, Jason Schreier reported to Bloomberg that Platinum Games originally wanted to hire Taylor for five or more sessions, paying $3,000 to $4,000 each for four hours of studio work. Schreier’s sources then added that Taylor declined the offer, saying he wanted to negotiate for “a six-figure sum and scraps of the game.”
Platinum Games declined and was unable to come to an agreement after “long negotiations”, with the company subsequently auditioning for a new actor to take on the role. Voice actor Jenifer Hale has since starred and while she has acknowledged the controversy online, she is unable to comment further due to an NDA.
Schreier also reported that Platinum Games offered Taylor the chance to still appear in the game as a cameo appearance and offer her the fee for one session, but she also allegedly turned down that offer.
The Bloomberg report then offered Taylor’s response to these claims, with the voice actor calling this “an absolute lie” in an email and adding that Platinum is “trying to save their ass and the game.”
“I’d love to put this whole damn franchise behind me, honestly I’m moving on with my life in the theater,” she wrote. At the time of writing, neither Platinum Games nor Nintendo have commented on this development regarding the Bayonetta recast drama.
Bayonetta 3 is slated for release on October 28, 2022.