BioShock Infinite Cosplayer Becomes Official Face of Elizabeth
Irrational has hired Russian cosplayer Anna Moleva as the official face of BioShock Infinite’s Elizabeth. In a blog post on Irrational’s official site, creative director Ken Levine explains that Moleva’s stunning Elizabeth cosplay inspired the team to bring her on to represent the character.
“We were so amazed by her dedication and her resemblance to Elizabeth that we decided to ask her if she’d like to be involved in helping bring Elizabeth to life in our box, our key art and our upcoming television ad,” Levine wrote. “Today we are very pleased and delighted to announce that Anna is the official face of Elizabeth!” In addition to appearing in promotional art and advertisements, Moleva will also make “special appearances at select events.”
“As soon as I saw her, I knew I HAD to do it,” Moleva said of her Elizabeth cosplay. “I love the first two parts of BioShock, so ever since Infinite was announced I followed the promotion campaign. Then when Liz’s appearance was finalized – and I saw what I think is a remarkable resemblance between us – I as a cosplayer couldn’t just ignore it. It was really hard, because cosplay isn’t just about recreating the appearance. It’s about acting, portraying the character as a whole. At the moment, we knew very little – almost nothing – about her as a character (in fact, we don’t know much now, either). So I’m really glad that everything worked out for me.”
More of Moleva’s cosplay, including characters from Dishonored, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Batman: Arkham City and more, can be seen on her DeviantArt page. BioShock Infinite, meanwhile, will hit PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360 on February 26th.
For more on the other woman behind Elizabeth — voice actress Courtnee Draper — watch the behind-the-scenes video below.
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