The Call of Duty franchise is no stranger to using celebrities to promote its games, and Modern Warfare 2 is no exception.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 continues the franchise’s trend of using celebrities for previews. It all started with the release of the original Black Ops game, which featured the likes of talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 continues the trend.
In the latest trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, fans can see a cavalcade of celebrity appearances, spanning streamers, athletes, singers and actors.
Call of Duty is promoting this year’s release with the phrase “squad up” to the familiar military beat. The trailer, which runs just under 90 seconds, begins with an appearance by rapper Lil Baby, followed by a succession of A-list stars.
The commercial features Lil Baby alongside musicians such as Kane Brown, Jack Harlow and Nicki Minaj. Sports stars are also represented, with NFL players Jalen Ramsey (Los Angeles Rams) and David Long Jr. (Tennessee Titans), as well as football star Bukayo Saka and Formula 1 driver Lando Norris. The trailer also features actor Pete Davidson, who appeared in the first teaser back in June. Finally, some of the more popular esports players and streamers have also made it into the film, with the Faze Clan’s Nuke Squad.
Celebrities who appeared in the Modern Warfare 2 trailer join a growing list of stars promoting the Call of Duty brand.
This year’s pre-release commercials feature big names such as Jonah Hill, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr. and Michael B. Jordan, to name a few. This latest trailer continues the trend of using big-budget production with flashy stunt sequences and over-the-top action. Call of Duty trailers have previously been directed by Guy Ritchie and Gibson Hazard, with this year’s release directed by Valentin Petit. Petit has directed music videos for Rosalia, A$AP Ferg and Victoria Monet.
Modern Warfare 2 is the 19th instalment in the Call of Duty series and is the sequel to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which was itself a reboot of the popular Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 games released in 2019. Many familiar faces fans have come to expect will be there, including Captain John Price and Sergeant Kyle “Gaz” Garrick. Infinity Ward’s release will also come with an updated version of Call of Duty’s battle royale mode, Warzone.