The Metal Gear Solid live-action film project may have taken the first steps in securing its star – publicly, on Twitter, no less!
Oscar Isaac, an actor with no shortage of high-profile franchises on his docket, recently threw his hat in the ring for the job of headliner of the long-gestating live-action manifestation of the global phenomenon Konami stealth-action video game series, Metal Gear.
In a cast interview with IGN to promote his cast-stacked Netflix-bound ensemble actioner, Triple Frontier, the interviewer’s question to the dais about which video game movie they’d like to tackle led to Isaac throwing out the major call, stating unequivocally: “Metal Gear Solid. That’s the one. I’m throwing my hat in for that one.”
He adds when asked the cheeky follow-up of who he’d play, “Snake, man!”
The film, which has been placed in the hands of director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island, The Kings of Summer), who has been patiently mulling over the (yet-to-start) process of casting a character as iconic as game series protagonist Solid Snake. However, the director, upon hearing Isaac’s callout for the role, gave a response that could only be seen as auspicious to the actor’s chances, explaining that he’s been on the radar for some time and that “the ball’s in Oscar’s court.”
If, indeed, an offer – or in the very least a meeting – is on the table between Isaac and Vogt-Roberts, then we may have just witnessed the opening negotiations for the starring role of one of the most anticipated blockbuster franchises out there. Lending additional credence to the idea, Vogt-Roberts’s tweet references a fan-made mockup movie poster depicting Isaac as the embattled infiltrative ass-kicker himself, Solid Snake; an image that seems to agree with the director.
Regardless, the touted idea of Isaac playing Snake was hardly a new one when the actor blurted out his answer to the video game dream-casting question. Indeed, the actor clearly has been thinking about his approach, commenting on the famously spotty record of video game adaptation films:
“With the video game thing, I think the trick will be how do you replicate the feeling of what it feels like to play a video game. I think where it goes wrong often is with the plots.”
For now, Isaac will next be seen in the aforementioned Triple Frontier, which arrives on Netflix on March 13. That film will see him starring opposite names like Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Garett Hedlund and a soon-to-be-inducted fellow member of the acknowledged Star Wars canon in Pedro Pascal, star of the developing Disney+ streaming series, The Mandalorian. Additionally, he’s joining another embarrassment of riches cast in Denis Villeneuve’s 2020-scheduled remake of Frank Herbert’s Dune.
Of course, before our cinematic return to an arid future on Arrakis, Isaac will also be seen reprising his role as hot-headed ace pilot Poe Dameron in Sequel Trilogy closing chapter Star Wars: Episode IX (title to be revealed), which is scheduled arrive at theaters on December 20.