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03.11.2016

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If you’ve been following the development hell that is a METAL GEAR SOLID movie, and still happen to have some hair left, you’re tougher than I am. The idea of a feature film based on the popular game has been off and on the table for over a decade with the last item of news being Jay Basu had closed a deal to pen a script for the adaptation. One should note however that this “news” was reported a year ago, so no one really knows at this point what’s happening with this project.

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For those unfamiliar with the game and its very convoluted story over a very confusing timeline, the basics are: Metal Gear Solid debuted back in 1998 for the PlayStation while Metal Gear debuted in 1987 for the MSX2 home computer. The game and its subsequent sequels have been met with consistent critical acclaim and have sold over 30 million copies around the world. The game’s protagonist is Solid Snake, a deadly soldier who looks to stop the threat of a renegade Special Forces unit that goes by the name of Foxhound. The group tries to use a nuclear weapons facility as a terrorist threat, and Solid Snake must liberate two hostages, confront the terrorists and then stop then nuclear attack. 

Casting the lead role would be something the film’s developers, hopefully keeping series creator Hideo Kojima involved, will have to decide carefully. The franchise is something that could potentially be worth billions when it’s all said and done, so they may want to cast with fans in mind. When the movie was first talked about in 2006, there was even controversy when the voice of Solid Snake, David Hayter, wasn’t involved in the project. That’s how close the fans are watching.

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So who could play the gruff-voiced stealth expert? According to Kojima, Snake is a combination of three dudes well all know and love. Obviously, Snake Plissken, played by Kurt Russell (gotta love that eyepatch), the body of Jean Claude Van-Damme, and the face of Christopher Walken. Kojima knows how to build a man, doesn’t he? That’s quite the hybrid for our chosen protagonist to live up to, but let’s get to work.

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I’d like to submit the idea of casting Christian Bale in the role. My thought process is that he obviously has the looks, and if they were looking for older or younger, I’m sure based on his work ethic, he would make it happen somehow. Bonus: the guy has a fan base thanks to those little Batman movies he did, so fans of the game or movies in general might warm up pretty quickly. Another actor who I wouldn’t mind putting on the eyepatch is Hugh Jackman. Again, he has the looks and build for the role and when you look at his career, calling the man versatile would be something of an understatement. Lastly, I would like to see the quiet and always entertaining Viggo Mortensen take the role. I don’t know about you, but when he’s on the screen, I can’t look away and I’m never bored. There’s something about him, it’s as if he’s hiding something and you can’t quite figure it out and you don’t really want to in the fear that he might break your neck. A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE is all the audition he needs for this role. I think the common ground here among my choices is tough and brooding, wouldn’t you say?

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Now it’s your turn. Who would you like to see crouch behind corners and hide under boxes on the big screen in what is sure-to-be one of the most coveted roles of the decade (or whenever this thing actually happens)? How about the names Bradley Cooper, Josh Brolin, Idris Elba or Kiefer Sutherland? Or going a little older, Gary Oldman! Another tough actor to portray Snake could land on Russell Crowe I would think.

The long-gestating METAL GEAR SOLID would eventually need its Solid Snake, and that’s where you come in, the Cast This Strikeback folks. Let your voice be heard in the comments and you never know who might be reading it soon enough.

RESULTS FROM CAST THIS: Nathan Summers aka Cable - 1. Mel Gibson 2. Stephen Lang 3. Henry Rollins

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Extra Tidbit: Metal Gear was originally conceived as a straightforward action game featuring modern military combat, but Hideo Kojima instead conceived a game where you start unarmed and rely on your fists and stealth.
Source: JoBlo.com

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10:33PM on 10/17/2016

MADS!

It HAS to be MADS! (Mikkelsen) he's not only perfect for the role, all signs point to him. He and Kojima have really hit it off and begun working together.
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Valhalla Rising, Hannibal, Doctor Strange villain and now Star Wars?! How are so few of you putting this together?! He's perfect for the role and Hollywood is setting him up to be the lead in a dark, poly-sci-fictionie, horror-esq, spy movie, and MADS can portray snake's moral ambiguity - a "bad man" becomes
It HAS to be MADS! (Mikkelsen) he's not only perfect for the role, all signs point to him. He and Kojima have really hit it off and begun working together.
Check this out: [link]

Valhalla Rising, Hannibal, Doctor Strange villain and now Star Wars?! How are so few of you putting this together?! He's perfect for the role and Hollywood is setting him up to be the lead in a dark, poly-sci-fictionie, horror-esq, spy movie, and MADS can portray snake's moral ambiguity - a "bad man" becomes heroic in the movie we're all wishing will happen (with MADS!)
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3:57PM on 03/13/2016
Josh Holloway (Sawyer from LOST) or Karl Urban
Josh Holloway (Sawyer from LOST) or Karl Urban
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3:55PM on 03/13/2016
Bruce Willis for old Revolver Ocelot (MGS, Phamtom Pain era). Joseph Gordon Levitt for young Revolver Ocelot (Snake Eater era)
Bruce Willis for old Revolver Ocelot (MGS, Phamtom Pain era). Joseph Gordon Levitt for young Revolver Ocelot (Snake Eater era)
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11:51AM on 03/13/2016

how many times

Karl fucking Urban.
Karl fucking Urban.
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10:00PM on 03/12/2016

Some ideas

Liam Neeson for older snake(60s) Guy Pearce(50s) Bradley Cooper(40s)
Liam Neeson for older snake(60s) Guy Pearce(50s) Bradley Cooper(40s)
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10:03AM on 03/12/2016
Christian Bale has always been my favourite choice for Snake (any Snake. Naked, Solid, Liquid, Gaseous, whatever). Tom Hardy is a good choice too. Nikolaj Coster Waldau is an interesting choice as well, and I've seen him rocking a cool body suit in Oblivion. Not sure if he could carry the part though. Or Keanu Reeves? He's actually really handy in using real weapons. Note that all Snakes should be played by the same person. Doug Jones as Psycho Mantis, Ray Park as Frank Jaeger/Cyborg Ninja,
Christian Bale has always been my favourite choice for Snake (any Snake. Naked, Solid, Liquid, Gaseous, whatever). Tom Hardy is a good choice too. Nikolaj Coster Waldau is an interesting choice as well, and I've seen him rocking a cool body suit in Oblivion. Not sure if he could carry the part though. Or Keanu Reeves? He's actually really handy in using real weapons. Note that all Snakes should be played by the same person. Doug Jones as Psycho Mantis, Ray Park as Frank Jaeger/Cyborg Ninja, Kurt Russell as Revolver Ocelot?
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12:46PM on 03/12/2016
I don't necessarily think Liquid and Solid need to be the same actor. They're twins, but they're not ordinary twins...they're twins linked by the same cursed genes. Solid got the old man's dominant genes,Liquid got the flawed recessive genes...did you like his sunglasses?
I don't necessarily think Liquid and Solid need to be the same actor. They're twins, but they're not ordinary twins...they're twins linked by the same cursed genes. Solid got the old man's dominant genes,Liquid got the flawed recessive genes...did you like his sunglasses?
10:17PM on 03/12/2016
Actually in some interpretation of the story, Solid has the recessive genes. Either way, they're all still essentially clones. While hair color may be different, I don't think their features would look drastically different from one another (i.e. Arnie & DeVito in Twins). We at least know that Solidus's body and genes were similar enough to Big Boss that it could fool EVA, and Old Snake is a spitting image of Big Boss in the ending cutscenes.
Actually in some interpretation of the story, Solid has the recessive genes. Either way, they're all still essentially clones. While hair color may be different, I don't think their features would look drastically different from one another (i.e. Arnie & DeVito in Twins). We at least know that Solidus's body and genes were similar enough to Big Boss that it could fool EVA, and Old Snake is a spitting image of Big Boss in the ending cutscenes.
7:59AM on 03/12/2016

TOM HARDY

No no no-- dude, TOM HARDY.

PS-- don't forget, Keifer Sutherland replaced David Hayter as the voice in Phantom Pain. He would be great, but you need someone younger if the series will franchise.
No no no-- dude, TOM HARDY.

PS-- don't forget, Keifer Sutherland replaced David Hayter as the voice in Phantom Pain. He would be great, but you need someone younger if the series will franchise.
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2:41AM on 03/12/2016

i've been waiting for this movie for years.

Hugh Jackman has been my choice since the mid-2000's, but a lot of actors could play Snake these days. but now i want the directors of John Wick on board, and as always have it take place in the 80's.
Hugh Jackman has been my choice since the mid-2000's, but a lot of actors could play Snake these days. but now i want the directors of John Wick on board, and as always have it take place in the 80's.
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11:57PM on 03/11/2016
If they ever get this franchise off the ground, the second movie needs to be heavily promoted with Snake in the staring roll and after an awesome intro sequence with him we get Raiden for the rest of the movie. It'll be 2001 all over again.
If they ever get this franchise off the ground, the second movie needs to be heavily promoted with Snake in the staring roll and after an awesome intro sequence with him we get Raiden for the rest of the movie. It'll be 2001 all over again.
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11:06PM on 03/11/2016
First off, Kurt Russell needs to be in the movie somewhere. Maybe as Big Boss in a flashback, or maybe as a colonel Campbell. I'd like to see him involved with the project in some way considering that Solid Snake wouldn't exist without Snake Plissken. As for the young(ish) actor who i'd like to play Snake, I'd like to see Karl Urban. For an outside the box answer I think someone like James Marsden could pull it off.
First off, Kurt Russell needs to be in the movie somewhere. Maybe as Big Boss in a flashback, or maybe as a colonel Campbell. I'd like to see him involved with the project in some way considering that Solid Snake wouldn't exist without Snake Plissken. As for the young(ish) actor who i'd like to play Snake, I'd like to see Karl Urban. For an outside the box answer I think someone like James Marsden could pull it off.
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9:54PM on 03/11/2016
I have two choices,both will never happen but I'm curious if I'm alone in this.my first pic would be kurt russel as big boss and also use current cgi tech to create a younger kurt russel for solid snake.option b scott eastwood
I have two choices,both will never happen but I'm curious if I'm alone in this.my first pic would be kurt russel as big boss and also use current cgi tech to create a younger kurt russel for solid snake.option b scott eastwood
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9:20PM on 03/11/2016
Solid Snake- Hugh Jackman
Liquid Snake - Nikolai Coster-Waldau
Colonel Campbell - Gene Hackman
Naomi Hunter - Hayley Atwell
Meryl - Jennifer Lawrence
Revolver Ocelot - Michael Wincott
Psycho Mantis - Tom Hiddleston
DARPA Chief - Danny Glover
Grey fox - maybe a Jason Statham type.

Hal- help me out here
Solid Snake- Hugh Jackman
Liquid Snake - Nikolai Coster-Waldau
Colonel Campbell - Gene Hackman
Naomi Hunter - Hayley Atwell
Meryl - Jennifer Lawrence
Revolver Ocelot - Michael Wincott
Psycho Mantis - Tom Hiddleston
DARPA Chief - Danny Glover
Grey fox - maybe a Jason Statham type.

Hal- help me out here
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3:58PM on 03/13/2016
Michael Wincott as Ocelot? Now that is a great choice
Michael Wincott as Ocelot? Now that is a great choice
5:39PM on 03/11/2016

Michael Biehn would be perfect

If you want to go younger than Biehn, I would say Tom Hardy or Christian Bale.
If you want to go younger than Biehn, I would say Tom Hardy or Christian Bale.
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3:53PM on 03/11/2016

From the choices you gave, Hugh's the best, BUT....

You talk about casting Solid Snake, but post pictures of Big Boss, Venom & Solid Snake- they're all different guys!
You talk about casting Solid Snake, but post pictures of Big Boss, Venom & Solid Snake- they're all different guys!
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3:40PM on 03/11/2016

Easy said than done...

Do we want this in the Cinema or straight to VHS ... no not even DVD. If we a look at a hopeful cinema release I do like the call for Butler but he does not give the movie a serious tone but again are we wanting just a action flick or a Bourne like take on the movie and maybe begin at a young age like Tomb Raider is to be done then I'd look at Alex Pettyfer, Chris Hemsworth, Nicholas Hoult. If had to choose then it be Chris for the bulk but again this story is a origin leading to the snake we
Do we want this in the Cinema or straight to VHS ... no not even DVD. If we a look at a hopeful cinema release I do like the call for Butler but he does not give the movie a serious tone but again are we wanting just a action flick or a Bourne like take on the movie and maybe begin at a young age like Tomb Raider is to be done then I'd look at Alex Pettyfer, Chris Hemsworth, Nicholas Hoult. If had to choose then it be Chris for the bulk but again this story is a origin leading to the snake we know rather than start from what we know as we now see movies are better with an origin and you get story and the film people get $$$$$
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2:42PM on 03/11/2016
After both "...Has Fallen" movies I really like Gerard Butler in the role.
After both "...Has Fallen" movies I really like Gerard Butler in the role.
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2:23PM on 03/11/2016
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2:07PM on 03/11/2016
For an in the box answer---tom hardy
for an out of box answer--- viggo mortensen
For an in the box answer---tom hardy
for an out of box answer--- viggo mortensen
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2:04PM on 03/11/2016
Didn't Sutherland voice Snake in the latest game anyway? I assume Kojima won't be involved at all if the rights are controlled by Konami as they've irreparably parted ways now. Not sure if Kojima has any control over the series he created.
Didn't Sutherland voice Snake in the latest game anyway? I assume Kojima won't be involved at all if the rights are controlled by Konami as they've irreparably parted ways now. Not sure if Kojima has any control over the series he created.
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1:57PM on 03/11/2016
Josh Holloway from Lost
Josh Holloway from Lost
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1:48PM on 03/11/2016
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau looks just like him. So I pick him.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau looks just like him. So I pick him.
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2:01PM on 03/11/2016
I second this ^
I second this ^
1:43PM on 03/11/2016
There is no part of me that ever wants Bale near this project. I'm kinda digging the idea of Hugh Jackman for a looks like perspective but not sure I'd want him as a young Snake if they go MGS and not MGS4 (which be weird to go right to old man snake)
There is no part of me that ever wants Bale near this project. I'm kinda digging the idea of Hugh Jackman for a looks like perspective but not sure I'd want him as a young Snake if they go MGS and not MGS4 (which be weird to go right to old man snake)
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12:46PM on 03/11/2016
What ab Justin Theroux from leftovers? Been dying to see him in something like this
What ab Justin Theroux from leftovers? Been dying to see him in something like this
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12:44PM on 03/11/2016

Can only be Bale

Bale Bale Bale
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12:22PM on 03/11/2016

Christian Bale

Bale has in past expressed his love for MGS games as well.
Bale has in past expressed his love for MGS games as well.
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12:17PM on 03/11/2016

Easy

David Hayter... He was the voice, and he is old enough with a beard he would look just like him.
David Hayter... He was the voice, and he is old enough with a beard he would look just like him.
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10:30AM on 03/11/2016
I'd go with Tom Hardy.
I'd go with Tom Hardy.
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