Kiefer Sutherland, the actor that played Jack Bauer in 24, is going to play the lead role of Snake in the game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Konami made the announcement before the E3 show in Los Angeles.
“It’s an honor to be able to play this character, this character has an unbelievable legacy, there’s a real personal quality to the character that I’ve connected to,” stated Sutherland in a video that was played at Konami’s pre-E3 event. “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 added that he has never done facial capture acting before. He is replacing David Hayter as the lead voice for the game. Film producer Avi Arad recommended Sutherland to Metal Gear Solid V director Hideo Kojima for the game.
“I felt he was a perfect fit in terms of age and performance … Kiefer immediately understood what I was looking for. I was very moved by his commitment to the project,” stated Kojima. “This time, with Metal Gear Solid V, the themes are a little different from previous games in the series. We’re taking on some very heavy subjects, such as race and revenge. This makes the tone very much darker.”
Konami is using the Fox Engine to make the game look more realistic by taking real-life actors in 3D instead of creating characters by hand. Below is a behind-the-scenes video of the game: