A star of indie comedy Juno and a former Hollyoaks actress are to feature in live-action scenes in new videogame Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3.

The franchise's traditional live-action cut-scenes will be replete with 'famous' faces from all over the world, including Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Congo), Kelly Hu (The Scorpion King, Sammo Hung's Martial Law), Jenny McCarthy (Scream 3, Playboy magazine) and George Takei (Star Trek, Prisoners of the Sun).

Other notable appearances will be made by Gemma Atkinson (Hollyoaks), Andrew Divoff (Lost), Ivana Milicevic (Casino Royale), Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean), JK Simmons (Law and Order, Juno), Autumn Reeser (The OC) and Peter Stormare (Prison Break, Armageddon).

The game will also feature appearances by two mixed martial arts specialists, namely Randy 'The Natural' Couture (a former UFC heavyweight champion) and Gina 'Conviction' Carano (undefeated Elite XC fighter, American Gladiators).

"This is by far the most exciting cast we have in over 13 years of shooting live-action movies for Command and Conquer," said Chris Corry, executive producer at EALA.

"The calibre of the performances we received, both individually and collectively, have really raised the storytelling bar for the franchise. We are really excited that we will be delivering such a high quality production that is on par with movies and television shows."

JK Simmons, who is playing the anti-Communist US president Howard T Ackerman, said: "I think video games are one of the new frontiers for actors and using live action is just another way to connect more easily to the gamer rather than CGI or animation techniques.

"To be in a groundbreaking game like Red Alert 3 where we are using full-on shooting of live actors and to be with Jonathan Pryce, Tim Curry and Peter Stormare, it was a great opportunity for a character actor like me to have some fun."

Jenny McCarthy, who plays Tanya, Allied commando and the most beloved heroine in the history of the Command and Conquer universe, added: "I wasn't sure what to expect when I came in to work on a video game.

"What I realised is Red Alert 3 is not just a video game, it's absolutely an interactive movie. This is where the people at home get to move the story forward, and where seeing the plot thicken is a reward for a job well done. And that's really cool."

The game is set for release this autumn on the PC and Xbox 360.

21/08/2008 00:02:01