24 star Kiefer Sutherland is about to take his career to a whole new level by voicing Snake in Konami's next installment of the Metal Gear Solid franchise, Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain! He has the perfect voice for this character! I'm surprised they didn't cast him in the role sooner.
Sutherland will replace screenwriter David Hayter (X-Men, X2), who has voiced the character since 1998. The announcement came during a pre-E3 presentation. According to Konomi, they reason for the cast change is because the character, "a legendary infiltrator and saboteur, would require a deeper voice than before."
Konami's Hideo Kojima added that “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 much darker. As a result, I wanted Snake to have a more subdued performance expressed through subtle facial movements and tone of voice, rather than words." To accomplish this, Sutherland will also perform the motion and facial capture for the new game.
Konomi also revealed that Metal Gear Solid V takes place in 1984, when Snake is 49 years old. They reiterated that they "needed someone who could genuinely convey the facial and vocal qualities of a man in his late 40s. It’s different from anything we’ve done before."
I've enjoyed playing the Metal Gear Solid games, and I'm excited to see how this next game is going to turn out.