Star of TV show 24, Kiefer Sutherland has landed the voice acting role of Snake in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
“I wanted Snake to have a more subdued performance expressed through subtle facial movements and tone of voice rather than words,” Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima said. “Furthermore, the game takes place in 1984 when Snake is 49 years old. Therefore, we needed someone who could genuinely convey both the facial and vocal qualities of a man in his late 40s. It’s different from anything we’ve done before.”
“It’s an honor to be able to play this character,” Sutherland said. “This character has an unbelievable legacy. There’s a real personal quality to the character that I’ve connected to. I’m not a gamer, and I even knew about this game. I was certainly keenly aware of the legacy of these games, the unbelievable success of these games.”
Sutherland will have big shoes to fill, as previous Snake voice actor, David Hayter, became a fan-loved element of the series – often delivering great and convincing performances throughout the franchise.
Hayter threw in his two cents to the announcement of Sutherland as the new voice actor, saying:
Watch from 10:30 to see Kojima and Sutherland talk about MGS 5.