Oscar Isaac has added another strong role to what’s becoming a diverse post-Star Wars career for him. He has signed on to star in the movie adaptation of the Metal Gear Solid video game franchise. He will play Solid Snake, and Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will helm the film, which is in development at Sony.
Hideo Kojima created the hit Konami video game that was first released on PlayStation in September 1998. The game followed Snake, a soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons facility to neutralise a terrorist threat from Foxhound, a renegade special forces unit. Over 56 million copies of the Metal Gear series have been sold worldwide, and the series has repeatedly garnered critical acclaim.
This project has long been in development, with Vogt-Roberts circling the chance to direct all the way back in 2017. Considering the popularity of the games and, in theory, the easy transition to film – the Metal Gear series has long been praised for its cinematic approach – it seems odd that it’s taken this long for an adaptation to come to fruition.
But the wait won’t matter if the eventual film is good. And it’s hard to go wrong with casting Isaac in the lead.
He’s got a fascinating set of projects in the works, including Paul Schrader‘s upcoming crime drama The Card Counter, next year’s Dune, HBO’s Scenes From A Marriage remake, starring opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Francis & The Godfather, and starring in Moon Knight for Disney+.
So how he’s going to find the time to fit Metal Gear Solid into his schedule is anyone’s guess. Recent film adaptations of action video games like Assassin’s Creed didn’t quite work, but Metal Gear Solid has all the components – plus a great actor/director duo – to buck the trend and pull this off.