One of the great things about producing a series for the web is that quite often, you get to do a project that has tremendous geek-appeal, yet whose economics are such it would never make it to television or the movies. Felicia Day is living that dream as the star of a new six-episode web-series based on Bioware’s successful Dragon Age video game.
Felicia day is, of course, already well-known to video game fans as the creative force behind The Guild web series, a hilarious sit-com now in its fifth season. The web-series follows a group of players of a fictitious MMORPG (largely based on WoW) and focuses on both their in-game and out-of-game hi jinx.
Felicia is reportedly writing, producing, directing and starring in the new series as sexy elven assassin, “Tallis.” The events take place around the same time period as Bioware’s forthcoming sequel, Dragon Age II. Fans of the original game can look forward to a demo of Dragon Age II on February 22 for the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3 as well as a PC-version. The game will be available in stores in North America on March 8, 2011 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 console, PC and Mac.
In the series, Tallis is hired by the Qunari to capture a rogue mage intent on wreaking havoc throughout the world. In her quest to find this dangerous mage, Tallis is joined by other companions who are not always aligned in their beliefs and goals, but who band together to defeat their foe, in an attempt to restore peace and balance to this dark fantasy universe.
In a USA Today interview, Felicia chats briefly about her new role.
“I’m a huge Dragon Age fan, and I have been looking for a follow up project to ‘The Guild’ for quite some time. I was thrilled when the opportunity to work with BioWare materialized. Dragon Age: Redemption allows me to tell a fantasy story in a new way, using a universe I really love. It has been a dream working together.”
Filming took place over a dozen days last month in the L.A. area, with Independence Day associate producer Peter Winther as director and John Bartley (Lost) as cinematographer. “They are going to take this a step above what we have seen on the Web before,” says Day, who also co-produced Redemption.
You can check out the world premiere of Dragon Age: Redemption this Wednesday, February 16, presented by Felicia Day on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on NBC (check your local listings), and get your first on-set look at Dragon Age: Redemption on “Gametrailers TV with Geoff Keighley” on Spike TV, Thursday, February 24 (check your local listings).