Star Wars Actor Oscar Isaac Wants To Star In The 'Metal Gear Solid' Movie

Oscar Isaac - star of Ex Machina, X-Men: Apocalypse and the Star Wars sequels (seven to nine) - has announced his keenness to appear in the upcoming movie adaptation of Konami's Metal Gear Solid game.

Participating in an IGN roundtable discussion about his new Netflix project, Triple Frontier, Isaac said: "Metal Gear Solid, that's the one. I'm throwing my hat in for that one."

Commenting on Isaac's enthusiasm, the movie's director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island), took to Twitter to clear up where the actor's statement may have stemmed from. And yes, that is one sick mock-up of Isaac as Solid Snake, by BossLogic.

Fans of all things Metal Gear Solid have been casting a movie version in their minds for years - probably ever since the game itself, directed by film boffin Hideo Kojima, released for the PlayStation in 1998. One of Sony's original console's biggest hits, and a critical darling, Metal Gear Solid was along the 20 games that made the cut for 2018's PlayStation Classic mini-console - and represented one of the few plus points of what was a generally disappointing piece of retro-flavoured hardware.

Vogt-Roberts' comment that "the ball's in Oscar's court" is promising, certainly. With game-to-film adaptations typically proving fairly poor, Metal Gear Solid could get off to a winning start by casting someone who's clearly a fan of the source material. Tackling that very topic, bad game movies, Isaac said:

"With the video game thing, I think the trick will be how do you replicate the feeling of that it feels like to play a video game. I think where it goes wrong, often, is with the plots."

Solid Snake in Smash Bros
Solid Snake in Smash Bros

Isaac's Triple Frontier co-star, Ben Affleck, betrayed his somewhat older gaming heritage by joking at IGN's roundtable that he was "open to [playing]... maybe the guy in Dragon's Lair?"

That's cheating, Ben. Dragon's Lair was basically a film in the first place. But what do you reckon to Oscar Isaac taking a lead role in Metal Gear Solid, the movie? Any chance of him pulling off some of those Smash Bros. moves? Let us know, if you like - we're on Facebook and Twitter.

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Mike Diver

Head of Content at GAMINGbible. Ex-editor of VICE Gaming and co-founder of Waypoint. Former writer/consultant for BBC's The Gaming Show. Former contributor to Edge, Eurogamer, Kotaku, PCGamesN, Official PlayStation Magazine, gamesTM. Author of 'Indie Games: The Complete Introduction to Indie Gaming' (2016) and 'How to Be a Professional Gamer' (2016). New book, 'Retro Gaming: A Byte-Sized History of Video Games', coming in 2019. Contact: [email protected]

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