Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac has been cast as Solid Snake in the new Metal Gear Solid movie, confirms Deadline. The man who brought us Poe Dameron in the recent Star Wars trilogy will now take on the mantle of the gruffly heroic Snake, the stealthy vigilante who has powered his way through one of gaming's most successful franchises.
The first Metal Gear Solid game made its debut on the PlayStation in 1998, although the origins of the wider Metal Gear franchise date back to 1987. Designed by Hideo Kojima, the franchise has undergone numerous iterations and reboots, expanding onto the Wii, PlayStation Two, Three and Four, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Such a series, therefore, demands the A-list treatment, and it's got it in the form of Isaac. Sony will be handling the distribution rights, making this their latest video game adaptation next to Tom Holland's Uncharted. Kong Skull Island's Jordan Vogt-Roberts will be directing, no doubt hoping to replicate the uniquely cinematic and suspenseful feel of the games. Jurassic World's Derek Connolly will be writing the script, although it's unclear at this stage if the movie will be an origin story.
In addition to the recent Star Wars films, Isaac has also racked up critically acclaimed performances in the likes of Ex Machina, the Alex Garland sci-fi drama. In that movie, he played a somewhat unreadable, enigmatic character, so here's hoping he can translate that quality into the role of Solid Snake. His other movies have ranged from comic book movies (X-Men: Apocalypse) to crime dramas (A Most Violent Year) and family animations (The Addams Family).
As per the games, Snake is a former Green Beret turned espionage assassin, and his backstory has been key to the appeal of the games. Usually voiced by David Hayter (screenwriter of X-Men and Watchmen), he will now make his flesh and blood debut through the form of Isaac.
No release date has been set, so stay tuned to the blog and Twitter @Cineworld for more information.