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Oh joy of joys. Oh sweet rapture. Tell me it's true.

Mads Mikkelsen, Danish actor renowned for his performances in Hannibal (2013 - 2015), Casino Royale (2006), Valhalla Rising (2009) and The Hunt (2012), appears to have joined Norman Reedus for Hideo Kojima's latest game, Death Stranding.

Death Stranding was revealed at E3 2016 with a truly bizarre trailer. The contents of this trailer have been analyzed extensively and fans are deliriously excited to see what becomes of Kojima's career following his departure from Konami and Metal Gear Solid. But if these images really show Mads Mikkelsen in a motion-capture studio with Hideo Kojima, our excitement is about to explode.

Mads Mikkelsen, Please Tell Us That's You Acting In Kojima's Death Stranding

A rather cryptic image, but what else can we expect from Kojima-san, huh?

It appears to show an actor in a motion-capture studio, but we can't really derive anything from this alone. However, when coupled with this fan Instagram photo of Mikkelsen in the same kind of orange hoodie with grey lining, the mystery seems to unravel rather quickly.

Say it's so.
Say it's so.

The fan claims he ran into Mikkelsen in Sheffield, where he was apparently "acting in a video game," a "Japanese game" no less.

Kojima has expressed his admiration for Mikkelsen's work in the past, most notably when he called the Danish man his "favorite actor" in the below Tweet.

Who Could Mikkelsen Be Playing?

So if Mads Mikkelsen is set to appear in Death Stranding, a video game we know little to nothing about, what kind of role could he possibly hold? Well, in order to kind of celebrate the actor's oeuvre while philosophizing about his character in the game, let's take a look at a few of Mikkelsen's greatest moments to highlight the kind of performance he could unleash.

The Sly, Sexy Villain

The Deranged Psychopath

The Vicious Fighter

The Broken Man

What kind of a role would you like to see Mads Mikkelsen have in Kojima's Death Stranding?