With the glorious news last week that the long-gestating, frequently cancelled Metal Gear Solid movie was back on track, fanboys the world over began contemplating one of the most important questions – who is going to be cast in the damn thing? It’s a move that the film’s developers, hopefully keeping series creator Hideo Kojima on-side throughout, will have to decide carefully; choose right and they’ve got a film franchise words hundreds of millions, perhaps billions of dollars, but cast the thing badly and the series’ loyal fanbase won’t bite.
Having thought long and hard, here are our dream casting ideas for the impending MGS movie.
1. Christian Bale is Solid Snake
There are several fantastic actors who have been listed over the years to play the series’ beloved, gruff-voiced protagonist, and some of the better choices include Hugh Jackman and Viggo Mortensen, but Christian Bale feels like the best fit to us because he’s such a firm champion of both art-house fare and blockbusters, such that he will bring an astronomical level of credibility to the film on both sides of the coin. Having proven time and time again that he can both live up to physically demanding roles, and absolutely nail an American accent, as well as reportedly having an interest in taking the role – much to the glee of MGS fans everywhere – this could be a hugely fortuitous fit for everyone involved, as long as the filmmakers can lock down a rock-solid script, as didn’t happen with Bale’s fanboy project Terminator Salvation. And, well, he’s had plenty of practise growling with his recent work on Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy…
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