Lately, during the press junket for Kong: Skull Island, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has confirmed that the Metal Gear Solid movie project is still developing. Although we’ve heard similar reports in the past, sometimes long-delayed film projects can still see the light of day, especially if there’s a renewed interest. Konami’s Castlevania series is going into production as an animated series for Netflix, so although their development on games is currently stalled, they seem to be expanding their properties into other media.
It’s unknown exactly how the movie could play out, since Metal Gear is a fairly complex story. Will it start in the days of the cold war, telling the story of Big Boss from the prequel story of Metal Gear Solid III, Peace Walker and Ground Zeroes/Phantom Pain? Or will it begin-as the actual game series does-with the later day adventures of Solid Snake, his clone son, and the namesake of the “Solid” series? Will it dwelve into the complex lore of the series, or simply deal with a special forces soldier sent to take out a walking nuclear tank (the story in it’s barest form)?
Casting Solid Snake pretty much takes care of the other “Snake” characters as well-Big Boss (naturally), Liquid and Solidus the other clones (With some makeup changes of course) and Venom, the body double. The only hero it really doesn’t is Metal Gear Solid II’s protagonist Raiden of course, but that’s simply casting another person.
Of course, in the past Snake’s likeness has been based on at least three actors, reflected in the box art: Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens)
Kurt Russel (Escape from New York)-including the character name, Snake:
Mel Gibson (Lethal Weapon)
and for Big Boss, Sean Connery!
While the Japanese voice actor for Snake is Akio Otsuka, Snake has two primary English voice actors in the English versions of the games: Actor and writer,David Hayter, who voiced Solid Snake and Big Boss in most of the games.
However he was replaced by “24” “Designated Survivor” and “Lost Boys” actor Kiefer Sutherland for Metal Gear Solid V, playing the dual roles of Big Boss and Venom Snake. He also provided motion capture for the role.
While these two are already established as the voice of the role, it’s unlikely either would be hired for a movie.
Hugh Jackman, star of the X-men films as Wolverine (and also his solo films) has long been one of the fan favorites for the role of Snake. His ability to mix a gritty, worn-out character with a badass nature, as well as humor, could work well for the role of Snake.
Christian Bale-best known for his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy-has also been mentioned in connection with the role.
The two of course appeared in the film the Prestige together (directed by Nolan), which ironically also featured the much-referenced David Bowie:
Sean Bean (Goldeneye, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones) has also been linked to the role, but at nearly 60 he’s a bit old for the role (Unless he plays the old Snake from Metal Gear Solid IV)
Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception, Dark Knight Rises) also could be a possibility.
Lost actor Josh Holloway also might be a good fit.
Although this post is mostly about casting Snake, an important female lead is important too. Meryl Silverburgh is the main one in the Solid games featuring Solid Snake (Although Rose, Mei Ling and especially Naomi Hunter are important too, but not really action leads).
For Meryl I think the choice is kind of obvious:
Although I’m not the biggest fan of Scarlet’s acting, she sort of fits the badass female warrior thing. Although I suppose Milo Jovivich could do it too, but she’s kind of got her own video game movie franchise already.