A series of casting calls that were discovered earlier this month seemed to point towards a project known as 'Rush' being the code name for Grand Theft Auto 5. The pieces certainly appeared to fit, but there was no direct connection between that information and the GTA series. A newly-posted casting call for voice actors lists one of the characters as James Pedeaston, the name of a child molester from the GTA series.
The call is seeking a man in the 40-45-year-old range for the role. Pedeaston is described as "a man-boy love activist who just got released from an Indonesian prison." He was around during both Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV, the latter of which is where the image to the right comes from. He was a radio show host who was arrested in Indonesia, with Rockstar setting up a fake website at freejames.org that asked for donations to his legal fund. (The website now forwards to the official GTAIV site.)
The other four characters would fit right into the GTA universe as well, with Samantha -- "a young female obsessed with sex parties, always dreaming of being a Hollywood celebrity" -- seemingly perfect for the game's rumored Hollywood setting.
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter has speculated that we could see the release of the next Grand Theft Auto before the end of January 2012 due to several key employees' contracts expiring at that time. If that's the case, maybe we'll be hearing from Pedeaston and GTA 5 at E3 in June.