Sony Pictures announced today the casting of Oscar Isaac as Solid Snake in the feature film version of the popular video game, Metal Gear Solid. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Metal Gear Solid is based on the game which launched in 1987 and follows Snake, a soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons facility to stop a terrorist attack on behalf of Foxhound, a guerilla special forces unit.
The casting of Isaac follows a 2019 interview in which the Star Wars actor expressed an interest in the role. Still a critical darling, Isaac first burst onto the Hollywood scene in a series of critically-acclaimed roles in some high-profile independent films for some of film’s most respected directors, such as Inside Llewyn Davis (the Coen Brothers), A Most Violent Year (J.C. Chandor), Ex Machina (Alex Garland) and the limited series, Show Me a Hero (Paul Haggis, written by David Simon) before landing the coveted role of Poe Dameron for J.J. Abrams in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens in 2015. Isaac appeared in the two subsequent Star Wars sequels, as well as in X-Men: Apocalypse as the titular villain.
The Guatemalan-born, Julliard-trained actor continues to widen his skill set, deftly mixing arthouse films with blockbuster franchise fare. He will next be seen in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake for Warner Bros, as well as starring in the highly-anticipated indie drama The Card Counter for Focus Features, directed by Paul Schrader.
More details on the Metal Gear Solid casting news can be found at The Hollywood Reporter here.