'Death Stranding' Cast Revealed: A 70s TV Icon, James Bond Veterans and More

The full cast of upcoming PlayStation 4 video game Death Stranding was on display in the "Release Date Reveal" trailer that premiered Wednesday. The first game from Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima since his split with Konami, Death Stranding stars Norman Reedus as Sam, a man trying to put the world back together amid reality-bending chaos. Reedus is joined by a robust cast, including a 70s television icon, multiple James Bond series veterans and even an Academy Award-winning director.

"People have built 'Walls' and become accustomed to living in isolation," Kojima wrote in a social media post tied to the trailer's release. "Death Stranding is a completely new type of action game, where the player's goal is to reconnect isolated cities and a fragmented society. All elements, including the story and gameplay, are bound together by the theme of 'Strand,' or connection. As Sam Porter Bridges, you will attempt to 'Bridge' these divisions, and in doing so, 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."

Death Stranding Cast

Norman Reedus as Sam

The main character of Death Stranding, Sam is played by Norman Reedus. After his debut in the Guillermo del Toro movie Mimic, Reedus starred in The Boondock Saints and played supporting characters in a stream of movies through the late 90s and early 2000s, returning to collaborate with del Toro in Blade II. Since 2010, he's played Daryl Dixon, the longest surviving character on The Walking Dead.

Reedus' starring role in Death Stranding was part of Kojima's original announcement during the Sony press conference at E3 2016, so his involvement with the project has been extensive. "The concept is so mind-blowing, because it's not it's not like, 'Kill everybody and win the game,' it's a connecting thing," Reedus told the B&H podcast in January. "There's elements of social media in it. The idea is that: you have so many games, and so many parts of millennial culture is being alone in a room. And you lose physical contact with people. This is after that, and the re-establishing of that physical contact."

Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff

In the Death Stranding "Release Date Reveal" trailer, Mads Mikkelsen's Cliff looks like one of the most dangerous characters in the game, and a likely antagonist to Sam. He appears to lead an undead army at one point in the trailer.

Mikkelsen starred in the NBC series Hannibal, playing the titular cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. He's also appeared in movies, including The Hunt, Doctor Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and as the villain Le Chiffre in Casino Royale opposite Daniel Craig's James Bond.

Léa Seydoux as Fragile

After a brief appearance in 2009's Inglourious Basterds, French actor Léa Seydoux began appearing in American movies, including Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Spectre, making her the second Bond veteran to pop up in the Death Stranding cast. In 2013, Seydoux won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Blue is the Warmest Colour. She is the voice and motion capture performance for the Death Stranding character Fragile.

Margaret Qualley as Mama

Qualley plays a character named Mama in Death Stranding. She's previously appeared in The Nice Guys and Death Note, and will appear in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. She also played Jill Garvey on The Leftovers.

Guillermo del Toro as Deadman (a "special appearance")

Two of the cast members, including movie director Guillermo del Toro, are credited in the extended Death Stranding trailer as making a "special appearance." Del Toro is the director of Hellboy, The Shape of Water, Crimson Peak and Pan's Labyrinth. He plays a character named Deadman.

"I'm involved as a character," del Toro told IGN in January 2017. "Kojima-san called me and said, 'I want you to be a character in the game,' and I said, 'Gladly.' He's discussed his ideas so I could understand the character, but other than that I'm not involved, creatively, at all."

Nicolas Winding Refn as Heartman (a "special appearance")

Refn is the director of Drive, Only God Forgives, The Neon Demon and Valhalla Rising , which starred fellow Death Stranding cast member Mads Mikkelsen. He will appear as Heartman in Death Stranding, just as Kojima will appear in Refn's upcoming TV series, Too Old to Die Young.

Tommie Earl Jenkins as Die-Hardman

Jenkins is a veteran stage actor and has appeared in TV series like Law & Order: True Crime, How to Get Away with Murder and General Hospital. Jenkins has previously voiced video game characters in World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2 and Pillars of Eternity 2. In Death Stranding, he plays a masked character named Die-Hardman.

Troy Baker as Higgs

Baker's is a voice many gamers will recognize. Baker played Joel in The Last of Us, Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite, Sam Drake in Uncharted 4, Pagan Min in Far Cry 4 and Kanji Tatsumi in Persona 4. He's also contributed vocal performances to numerous cartoons and anime, including One Piece, Bleach and Naruto: Shippuden.

Lindsay Wagner as Amelie

Wagner starred in the 1970s science fiction series The Bionic Woman and appeared on numerous other TV series, including Night Gallery, The Rockford Files, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Warehouse 13 and Grey's Anatomy. She has also appeared in movies, including Nighthawks and The Paper Chase.

After the release of the latest Death Stranding trailer, we now know the cast of characters and who played them, but with something as cryptic as Death Stranding, it remains to be seen how they will all fit together. Death Stranding is out on PS4 November 8.

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