Kiefer Sutherland will play Snake in Metal Gear Solid V

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima announced today on Konami’s Pre-E3 Show that 24 actor Kiefer Sutherland has scored the role of Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Although Sutherland does not consider himself a gamer, he’s familiar with Snake and what he means to the MGS franchise. “It’s an honor to be able to play this character,” said Sutherland, “This character has an unbelievable legacy.”

Kojima — who a month ago told fans that series veteran David Hayter would not be returning to voice Snake — seems pleased with the choice of Sutherland. “I thought [Sutherland] was the perfect fit in terms of age and performance,” said Kojima. Metal Gear Sold V takes place in 1984, when Snake is 49 years old, and Sutherland will turn 57 later this year.

On the decision to switch actors, Kojima noted that, “I wanted Snake to have a more subdued performance, expressed through subtle facial movement, and tone of voice, rather than words.”

Kojima and his crew used facial motion capture technology to record all of Sutherland’s facial expressions while he was reading his lines. This is clearly more than just a voice actor role for Sutherland, who has been featured in television and movies for the past 30 years.

You can watch Konami’s entire Pre-E3 Show by clicking here. MGS content starts at the 10:30 mark.