Oscar Isaac may be gearing up to hit the big screen as Poe Dameron in Star Wars: Episode IX at the end of 2019, but he already has his sights set on playing another iconic soldier, Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid.
"Metal Gear Solid, that's the one," said Isaac in an interview with IGN while promoting Netflix's Triple Frontier. "I'm throwing my hat in for that one."
After numerous unsuccessful attempts to adapt that critically-acclaimed espionage epic as a live-action film, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who previously directed the 2017 film Kong: Skull Island, is currently working on a Metal Gear Solid movie. The writer of the Metal Gear cinematic adaptation is Derek Connolly, who also happens to be the writer of Star Wars: Episode IX.
Metal Gear Solid is the third entry on Konami's Metal Gear video game series, which was overseen by iconic video game designer, writer and director Hideo Kojima. The game, which was released for the PlayStation in 1998, features Solid Snake, a soldier who must free hostages from FOXHOUND, a renegade special forces unit. Metal Gear Solid and its numerous sequels and spinoffs are some of gaming's most critically-acclaimed commercial successes. The series has also spawned a radio drama, novels and comic books.
Although Oscar Isaac is interested in playing Solid Snake in a feature film, the character himself was initially based on much different actors for models. Artist Yoji Shinkawa based Solid Snake from the neck down on the physique of action star Jean-Claude Van Damme, with his face modeled after Oscar winner Christopher Walken.
Regardless of how Snake was initially envisioned,popular digital artist Bosslogic offered his take on what Oscar Isaac (or Henry Cavill) might look like as Snake last year.
OK let's get back to serious Bid-NESS and that's rolling with the hype of a #metalgearsolid movie.— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) August 15, 2018
Wanted to try #oscarisaac he has a dope mean mug so I wanted to see how he looks. #henrycavill since I don't think I did it justice on the first one which was done quick #mgs 🐍 pic.twitter.com/vzagaoVL9c
While it's unclear if Isaac's lobbying could help him get a role in a Metal Gear movie, he's already set to play Duke Leto Atreides in Denis Villeneuve's Dune, which also stars Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as Jessica Atreides, Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban, Stellan Skarsgard as Vladimir Harkonnen, Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Mohiam, Javier Bardem as Stilgar and Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck. That movie hits theaters on Nov. 20, 2020.
The Metal Gear Solid movie currently has no announced release date.