Hideo Kojima Snubbed Keanu Reeves for Mads Mikkelsen in Death Stranding

Hideo Kojima has revealed that he ultimately chose Mads Mikkelsen to star in the upcoming Death Stranding over Keanu Reeves.

During a panel at San Diego Comic-Con featuring Geoff Keighley and Nicolas Winding Refn, the famed Japanese developer said that The Matrix and John Wick star was recommended to him for his title.

But the Death Stranding director continued to pursue the Hannibal and Casino Royale star over Reeves.

“I originally was recommended Keanu Reeves but I wanted Mads,” Kojima said.

Winding Refn, who features in Kojima’s title as the character Heartman, was the one who had recommended Reeves to the Metal Gear Solid creator.

The Canadian actor, 54, will be making his presence felt in gaming after CD Projekt Red revealed at E3 that he would be taking up the leading role in the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077.

And Reeves returned to the John Wick series with the release of Chapter 3 — Parabellum in May and also featured in last month’s Toy Story 4.

Mikkelsen, 53, will play opposite to Norman Reedus’ Sam Porter Bridges as the character Cliff in Death Stranding.

Kojima, 55, has built an ensemble cast for his action title that includes the likes of Léa Seydoux, Troy Baker, Tommie Earl Jenkins, Margaret Qualley and Lindsay Wagner.

The MGS creator also shared an insight into why he is making his new PlayStation 4 exclusive and how he is moving away from a traditional design.

Death Stranding

Cliff, played by Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen, in Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding.

“When I first started my new company, I started from scratch and was alone,” he said.

“This game is based on how you connect.

“When I first started my own production, the easiest thing for me to do is make a game where everyone is on an island and shoots each other… Creativity is what moves civilizations forward.

“We’re living in an era when creativity is dictated by algorithms that it becomes meaningless almost. It’s important to counter that.”

During the SDCC panel, Kojima also dropped the official cover art for Death Stranding and it marks the return of ‘A Hideo Kojima Game’ on the box art.

Death Stranding is slated to launch on November 8 for PS4.