Mads Mikkelsen and Master of Horror Guillermo Del Toro have both been confirmed as appearing in Hideo Kojima’s new game, Death Stranding, thanks to a trailer released for the The Game Awards by Kojima Productions and Sony.  The abstract trailer shows Del Toro holding a baby in a tube, trying to hide from some kind of just strange super natural invasion.  Mads Mikkelsen appears to play a villain who is in control of a squad of skeleton soldiers from Vietnam.

This is not Del Toro and Kojima’s first collaboration. Kojima and Del Toro first worked together on the PT/Silent Hills demo for the Playstation 4. After the game’s publisher, Konami, cancelled Silent Hills Del Toro took to Twitter to lambast them for what he, as well as everyone else in the world, saw as a stupid decision with no possible logical explanation. Del Toro later said that he would never work in video games again, though ultimately the allure of working with the polarizing game director Hideo Kojima was too much for him. Whether Del Toro worked on the game in any design, creative, or production capacity, or will only be playing the one character, remains to be seen.

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Mikkelsen, who just appeared in Doctor Strange and who will be appearing in Rogue One this December, hasn’t said anything about it. This’ll be Mikkelsen’s first role in a video game. While it’s unfortunate to see him typecast as another villain, his experience has shown that he’ll fit right into the nightmarish, abstract world of Death Stranding.

Rumors swirled that Guillermo Del Toro and Mads Mikkelsen would appear in Death Stranding alongside The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus after a concept art seemed to show four chibi characters based on Kojima, Reedus, Del Toro and Mikkelsen during a Tokyo Game Show talk as Kojima described the game’s cooperative multiplayer. This may indicate, contrary to what seems to be illustrated in the trailer, that Mads Mikkelsen might represent another player character or hero rather than a villain.

Death Stranding’s release date has not been announced at the time of this writing, but it will launch first on Playstation 4 and then on PC at a later date.

Written by
Marshall Fryman

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