In a year where not a whole lot of movie news has been circulating the rounds, one big piece of casting news has closed out the year with a bang: the Metal Gear Solid live-action movie has found its Solid Snake.
For the past several years, Columbia Pictures has been trying to get a live-action Metal Gear Solid movie off of the ground and adapt Hideo Kojima’s award-winning espionage video game franchise to the big screen. Although the studio has secured a screenwriter in The Girl In The Spider’s Web scribe Jay Basu and a director in Kong: Skull Island’s Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the larger question of who would play the movie’s titular hero remained largely unanswered.
Now thanks to Deadline, we know that Golden Globe-nominated actor Oscar Isaac will be putting on the iconic bandana and sneak around FOXHOUND bases as Solid Snake. You’ve seen Oscar Isaac in more than a few films in recent years. Not only has he played Poe Dameron in the most recent Star Wars movies and the titular villain in X-Men: Apocalypse, but he’s also played in indie releases such as Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year, and Ex Machina. More recently he’s starred in the 2018 horror film Annihilation, the upcoming sci-fi epic Dune, and is even in talks to portray the Moon Knight in Marvel’s upcoming Disney+ series. No matter what he acts in, Oscar Isaac always brings 110% to every role that he portrays. The fact he’s taking on Solid Snake brings so much excitement to the project.
The only question is can he pull off Solid Snake in the right way? He does have the chiseled, rough-around-the-edges look that the character has, but his voice isn’t as deep as David Hayter’s iconic performance in the video games. Then again though, Ryan Reynolds’ voice is also vastly different from Nolan North’s, and he pulled off Deadpool perfectly for his 2016 live-action film. We’ll have to wait and see what Isaac brings to the role, but for now, knowing that they’re investing so much talent into this portrayal shows how much effort the studio is putting in to get this live-action adaptation right for the big screen.
What do you think? Are you excited to see Oscar Isaac become Solid Snake, or do you think this casting news could have kept you waiting? Comment below and let me know.
– David Dunn
SOURCE: Deadline, Variety