Hideo Kojima has revealed Hollywood actor and star of 24 Kiefer Sutherland will be the voice of Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
Speaking during a pre-E3 press conference, Kojima said he needed someone who could deliver the expressive qualities of a much older Snake.
"I needed someone who could convery facial and vocal qualities of a man at his age, so I asked a producer friend of mine in Hollywood, Avi Arad, for advice," said Kojima."He's the one who introduced me to Mr. Kiefer Sutherland."
"I felt that he was the perfect fit in terms of age and performance," he added. "Kiefer immediately understood what I was looking for."
During the stream Sutherland appeared and spoke of his respect and admiration for the Metal Gear Solid series.
"It's an honour to be able to play this character, this character has a legacy, there's a real personal quality to the character that I've connected to," he said.
"I'm not a gamer and even I knew about this game. I was certainly keenly aware of the legacy of these games, the unbelievable success of these games."
Sutherland continued on to say the role has allowed him to take on new challenges as an actor.
"I've never done facial capture before," he said. "They can catch every line that changes in your face, the character in the video game is doing exactly what I'm doing while I'm reading the script. That's impressive."
"Trying to isolate 'what does Snake want for the future?' and 'how does the past way on him?', there's a characters hope for the future, and that rounds out what I term as the human experience. It's what I've always loved about movies, it's not something I have experienced as a character in a video game before."
Speaking about his recommendation Arad, who has served as producer on many blockbuster Hollywood movies, said Kiefer was in a whole class of his own.
"Whenever I think of Snake I think of a certain voice delivery and Kiefer has this fantastic reach, this voice that maintains this a level of mystery to it."
"A friend of mine used to be Snake, but Kiefer is in a class all by himself"
David Hayter, the man who previously provided the iconic voices of Metal Gear Solid's Big Boss and Snake, bid farewell to fans of the series in early April.
However, in the weeks following Hayter has provided thinly veiled indications that he is still going to be involved in the project. Fans are speculating that Hayter's departure is another case of Kojima hi-jinx, and have believe that Hayter will be the big MGS5 reveal at E3 next week.
I'm so excited for E3!I just hope I don't lose my voice.;-)— David Hayter (@DavidBHayter) May 29, 2013