Powers Boothe & Shannyn Sossamon Join Hitman: Absolution Voice Cast, Hope News Times Issue #2 Revealed [Update]

Update: Square Enix has released two screenshots of the game. One of the screenshots is a larger version of the barbecue image from the Hope News Times Issue #2’s front page and the other is Agent 47 shimmying on a ledge above the people grilling, with an officer/sheriff appearing to be in their company. To view the screenshots, click on the Media Gallery at the bottom of this post.

Original Story: Square Enix has announced that Powers Boothe and Shannyn Sossamon are a part of the voice cast of Hitman: Absolution. They’ve also released the front page of the Hope News Times Issue #2.

Powers Boothe (Senator Roark from Sin City) and Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight’s Tale) will play Benjamin Travis and Jade, respectively. Travis is the new ICA handler of Agent 47 after previous Agent 47 handler Diana Burnwood was killed. No details were released about Jade, but she appears to assist Travis in a sneak preview of a cutscene that both characters appear in. Interviews with both cast members are in the first trailer and the second trailer is about the ICA file on Benjamin Travis (which features artwork from comic artist Ben Oliver).

Square also released the front page of the second issue of Hope News Times, which is Hope, South Dakota’s newspaper. The paper has two stories in it, one of which is about Mason McCready, a barbecue pro who won “Dexter’s Barbecue Dash.” Dexter Industries, who is advertising home defense systems, has an advertisement at the bottom of the page. Also, an advertisement for something called “Color Power” has the word “DEX” in it. It appears that Dexter Industries has some kind of influence in Hope, South Dakota.

The other story is about a projected increase in train traffic in the town due to population increase and the freight rail “industry’s reliably cheap shipping rates.” The sheriff warns people to obey signage and a screenshot of the train crossing at Liberty Street is shown.

Finally, the corrections page mentions a band called “Desert Gravediggers,” which may be an allusion to some activity that Agent 47 may find himself eventually in the middle of when he visits Hope.

To view the “Meet The Talent: Powers Boothe & Shannyn Sossamon Interview” video, click on the video below:

To view the “Travis ICA Files” video, click on the video below:

To view an image of Benjamin Travis and the Hope News Times Issue #2 front page, click on the Media Gallery below:

Hitman: Absolution will be released for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC in 2012.

What do you think of the new trailers and the Hope News Times Issue #2? Let us know in the comments below!