Joining Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Lea Seydoux, Guillermo Del Toro, and Troy Baker would be Nicolas Winding Refn. The film director from Denmark was responsible for the movies Only God Forgive and Drive, and will be a character named “Heartman” in Death Stranding.
I asked my bestie, Nicolas, to be “HEARTMAN” in DS as special guest. We 3D scanned his head, body, and facial expressions to make his 3D model, but his acting and voice are done by a different performer, same as with Guillermo. ??????? pic.twitter.com/wOGt0LfX89
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) May 29, 2019
Providing both his likeness and body, Heartman will be voiced by another artist, much like Guillermo del Toro’s character.
The latest trailer for Death Stranding seems to point towards all the important players in this unique world. Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus plays Sam, actors Lea Seydoux and Mads Mikkelsen as Fragile and Cliff respectively, actress Margaret Qualley from The Leftovers plays Mama, while The Last of Us actor Troy Baker is Higgs. Lindsay Wagner plays Amelie, while del Toro portrays Deadman.
While details remain scarce over the story behind the game, Sony did release a synopsis that seems to clear things up a little:
“Death Stranding is a completely new type of action game, where the goal of the player is to reconnect isolated cities and a fragmented society. It is created so that all elements, including the story and gameplay, are bound together by the theme of the ‘Strand’ or connection.
“As Sam Porter Bridges, you will attempt to bridge the divides in society, and in doing create new bonds or ‘Strands’ with other players around the globe. Through your experience playing the game, I hope you’ll come to understand the true importance of forging connections with others.”
Whatever the case is, Death Stranding has certainly captured the attention of many ahead of E3 2019, and with reports suggesting it might be a PS5 release as well, gamers are understandably excited, and so are we.