Chertsey, UK 4th August, 2005 â€“ Electronic Arts announced today that it has signed Maria Menounos to star in their upcoming video game, From Russia With LoveTM. Lending her voice and likeness to the game, Menunous will appear alongside Sir Sean Connery, reprising his role as James Bond. The game, which is based on the famous Bond movie, will be released worldwide in Autumn 2005. From Russia With Love is currently under development and is scheduled for a simultaneous release on the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, XboxÂ® video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCubeTM.
"I am honored to be a Bond girl and be a part of the Bond legacy," said Menounos. "To star in a video game with Connery, the original Bond, is incredible."
Menounos appears in Fantastic Four from 20th Century Fox and is also the spokesperson for PANTENE hair grooming products. Menounos hosted Entertainment Tonight, ET on MTV and VH1 and has had recurring roles on the TV series One Tree Hill and Without a Trace. In From Russia With Love, Menounos will play the role of Eva, an original character created for exclusively for the game. Eva is villain Red Grant's driver and henchwoman, and out to stop Bond at any cost.
Officially licensed by MGM Interactive, From Russia With Love is being developed by EA's Redwood Shores, Calif. studio. This game has not yet been rated by PEGI. More information on From Russia With Love can be found on the official game site www.eagames.co.uk/bond
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTSTM, EATM, EA SPORTS BIGTM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2005, EA posted revenues of $3.1 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.electronicarts.co.uk. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at www.electronicarts.co.uk/press
About MGM Interactive
MGM Interactive, a unit of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., manages business development and production of interactive products for a variety of multimedia platforms, as well as talent and developer relationships. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
About EON Productions/Danjaq, LLC
EON Productions/Danjaq, LLC is owned by the Broccoli family and has produced twenty James Bond films since 1962. The Bond films make up the most successful franchise in film history and include the recent blockbuster films, GOLDENEYE, TOMORROW NEVER DIES, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, and DIE ANOTHER DAY produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. EON Productions and Danjaq, LLC are affiliate companies and control all worldwide merchandising of the James Bond franchise.