Mads Mikkelsen in Death Stranding
Some tried to persuade Hideo Kojima to get Keanu Reeves, but he got Mads Mikkelsen who seems perfect for the role of antagonist in "Death Stranding. Kojima Productions

Hideo Kojima’s “Death Stranding” made headlines over the weekend when a new teaser trailer, featuring director Guillermo del Toro and actor Mads Mikkelsen, was released. Despite already having two trailers for the game, no one knows what exactly it’s about, even Mikkelsen himself.

“I mean, you know (Kojima). He’s a very brilliant man. I mean… the stuff he told? I only understood some of it,” Mikkelsen told Birth.Movies.Death in a recent interview. “I have to see it before I understand. Because with ‘Death Stranding,’ he’s creating something completely new.” The Danish actor is mostly known for playing villains in movies like “Casino Royale” and Marvel’s “Doctor Strange.” “Death Stranding” will be his first time playing a role in a video game.

In the same interview, Mikkelsen admitted that he wasn’t familiar with Hideo Kojima, but he has been exposed with some of the game director’s previous works. The actor also stated that he only joined the cast of “Death Stranding” after being exposed to the first trailer, which featured “The Walking Dead” actor Norman Reedus.

“I thought that was spectacular just from the standpoint of an actor. The emotion, the feeling of it, the sensuality in what he does. Without even being a gamer, I was like, this is crazy, what he's doing. I loved it,” Mikkelsen said.

The actor also said that “Death Stranding” will be the first time that all of of his work will be done on motion-capture, citing that he’s already had some experience on “Doctor Strange” and in the upcoming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which comes out next week, on Dec. 16.

In a separate interview during one of his press tours for “Rogue One,” Mikkelsen also compared Kojima to the Russian chess grandmaster, Garry Kasparov. “He’s such a visionary person. [Working on a video game] was just something I’d never crossed before, so it was a wonderful opportunity to dive into that world,” he told IGN.

Kojima Productions confirmed over the weekend that “Death Stranding” will be powered by Guerilla Games’s Decima engine — the same game engine that runs “Killzone” and “Horizon: Zero Dawn.” The game doesn’t have a release date yet, but it will first be available for the Sony PlayStation 4.