Chairman Keaton – Sir Patrick Stewart
Chairman Keaton, unlike Old Bird and Commander Malkovich, doesn’t play a direct role in Samus’ backstory, but his character can be seen as vital to the plot of Metroid: Zero Mission. As the newly appointed Chairman Keaton attends his own inauguration, Samus foils the assassination attempt on his life (which was orchestrated by Mother Brain). This leads Keaton to eventually enlist Samus on a mission to infiltrate the Space Pirates’ base on the planet Zebes. However, it’s worth mentioning that, by this point, Samus had already become a well-established and famous bounty hunter, so it’s likely she would have been hired anyways.
Keaton really isn’t much more than a glorified plot device, but smart casting and writing could help elevate the character’s overall importance. Even though it’s a small part, putting Sir Patrick Stewart in this role is easily a no-brainer. There are very few actors that are so synonymous with the science fiction genre than Stewart, best known for portraying Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, along with the series’ respective big screen entries as well as the recent sequel series, Picard. He also gained a new legion of fans thanks to his fan-favorite portrayal of Professor Charles Xavier in several of the live-action X-Men films.
Sir Patrick Stewart is also no stranger to video game voice-over acting as he not only reprised his role as Professor X in many X-Men games, including the incredible X-Men Legends, in addition to being featured in several other notable roles. For example, his sterling voice rings out memorably as Emperor Uriel Septim VII in the classic RPG The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, indirectly bringing more credibility to video game voice over work back in 2006. He also played an important role as the character and game narrator Zobek in Konami’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, a part he reprised for the game’s sequel.