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Metal Gear Solid's Hideo Kojima says Old Guard actor is 'spitting image of Solid Snake'

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Jul 29, 2020, 3:56 PM EDT

Filmmaker and would-be Metal Gear Solid adapter Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) might be going back to the casting department after a recent statement by franchise creator Hideo Kojima. The eccentric gaming legend was recently asked about those in the entertainment world that had his attention and he replied with a few esoteric picks — and one killer piece of dream casting: The Old Guard's Luca Marinelli.

Vogt-Roberts has been working on a live-action Metal Gear film since 2014, posting update after update — sometimes giving fans artwork, other times giving out snippets of his conversations with Kojima. Now it looks like he might want to check out a new potential star of the film, after the man who created the character called Marinelli "a splitting image of Solid Snake."

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"Luca Marinelli recently caught my eye after watching The Old Guard and Martin Eden," the beloved creator explained, noting that "if he donned a bandana, he'd be a splitting image of Solid Snake!"

The Italian actor has been working for more than a decade, with one of his major genre projects being the superhero movie They Call Me Jeeg that Kojima mentions. As the film is still only in early pre-production stages, there's a very real question that fans can chime in to answer: "Should Luca Marinelli play Solid Snake?"

The Old Guard is streaming on Netflix now.