MGSV: The Phantom Pain’s child soldier played by actor Sonari Jo

The actor playing the role of the child soldier seen in some of the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain trailers has been revealed: actor Sonari Jo will play the ‘Congolese child soldier’, as listed by IMDB. When asked about it on Twitter, the actor confirmed that he is indeed playing the character. He also added: “The game is going to be off the chains amazing haha!”

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Sonari didn’t want to confirm whether or not he has also done the motion capture for the character, saying we’ll have to play the game to find out.

Source: IMDB, Sonari Jo Twitter

  • kirtanloorii

    Good to know. It’s nice to actually have a rumor confirmed so fast. And from the source no less.

  • “The game is going to be off the chains amazing haha!”

    Imagine being his age and directly involved in such a huge series… I’m interested in the child soldier aspect of the game. Can’t wait.

  • Mr.Pony

    If the Child soldier is congolese, then Big Boss in the Africa mission is actually in the Congo Republic not Mozambique? Was hoping to see Mozambique and see little Naomi and Grey Fox

    • Yaro

      I would be surprised if Gray Fox and Naomi are not in this game. They surly are….And to tell you the truth I have a suspicion that we will rescue across the game a lot of the bosses we fought like Sniper Wolf

      • I wonder if we are going to rescue EVA in Hanoi

    • Shalashaska

      AND its not Drebbin because Drebbin is from Uganda, I believe 🙂
      PLUS just because HE is congolese doesnt mean Snake wont go to Mozambique, Child soldiers do get thrown around from place to place.. theres always a chance.. man this game is going to be too good

      • Mr.Pony

        At this point i would love to see a big reunion, even if the characters were not aware of it, between Sniper Wolf, Naomi, Gray Fox and Raiden.Something like Big Boss going through one of the child soldiers camps and someone shouting “White devil get back in line”

        • Shalashaska

          haha I hope there are awesome easter eggs like the crotch grab from mgs 3 or the hideo kojima laugh in mgs1 ! I want this game to be fun and depressingly awesome 😀

    • It doesn’t necessarily mean the game takes place (only) in Congo. They could have recruited him in Congo and taken him to Mozambique. Or there are simply multiple African locations in the game.

  • MrVux007

    Yong stated that there are some strong similarities between the two…….errrr yea they have the same skin color???? am i the only one who dont see any facial similarity,or does everyone think that black people all look alike 😀

    • I thought the same thing haha

    • Shalashaska

      Nah They arent that similar. Forehead, Cheek bones and Ears are similar .. everything else seems pretty different 🙂

    • Yaro

      He looks just like him man…. He’s gotten older… its been like 3 years or more since he did the 3d scan. He could also be the little boy from the conference room tech demo but I need to see that video back to compare.

      • ObsessedGeorge

        Yeah, even Kojima mentioned it that when he saw the kids after only one year from the 3D scan. He said: “Wow, after a year l’m surprised at how much the kids changed”, or something like that. Sorry l can’t find the original tweet right now.

    • I don’t even watch Yongs videos anymore, only the interviews I don’t know why but people think that his theories are right just because he has a big fanbase…

      • Shalashaska

        He doesnt have many theories.. PythonSelkan on the other hand..

        • Cipher

          yeah… Yong doesn’t really do a lot of wild theories. Those that he does do are basically reports more or less, and he’s actually more reasonable about it.


          yeah… no.

          For him EVERY LITTLE THING means Big Boss is Gray Fox.

          • Cipher

            I like yong because he doesn’t delve into insane conspiracy theory level stuff and just reports things as coincidences with maybe a little of his own speculation. Also he’s more respectful imo.

            I tried discussing with Python once, questioning his theories because none of them make sense from a business perspective for Kojima to do, and well.. he couldn’t defend his theories without treating me as if i’m less intelligent with insults, despite that I only debated his points without attacking him.

            I’d take yong any day.

          • Python is definitely on another level in terms of conspiracy thinking.

          • Shalashaska

            To be honest with all the news, my gut says that there is something fishy about Big Boss in the game.. I dont think BigB is Gray Fox but I do think that there is a chance of some REALLY CRAZY stuff with BigB….like the whole body double theory.. everyone keeps talking venom is fox… what if its not exactly that but the game includes a topic of body doubles and head transplants and torture and what not.. Either that or its just suggestive editing on the part of Kojima who is doing it for the hype 🙂

    • Alberto Sánchez


      • MrVux007

        hey hey….i hope that wasn’t intended to me 😀

    • Tong Ninja

      They did the facial scan and body scan in early 2012. So he might of looked like that back then. Or they used his facial structure.
      Like Huey, they used another person’s face for the facial scan. But Christopher Randolph is doing the facial capture. Hence Christopher’s facial structure is being used for the model in combination with the facial scan.

      • Tong Ninja

        Or another possibility is that he plays a different African child soldier than the one shown in this post.

        • Yes, that’s also possible.

  • Shalashaska

    hehehe.. Lets bribe the kid to steal us a demo !
    Just Kidding, Kojima 😀

    • Yaro

      I want to adopt that girl.

    • He’ll shoot us don’t even try

  • Chico is that child soldier theories incoming

    • Shalashaska

      I still honestly think there is a Chico-Quiet Connection. Chico says “i want to go home and turn a new leaf” in Ground Zeroes. haha MAYBE CHICO HAD A HEAD TRANSPLANT ! haha .. but yea.. If She isnt Chico.. THERE IS SURELY some connection.. they look TOO DAMN SIMILAR 😀

      • That’s the only thing i would hate about this game

        • Shalashaska

          The head transplant or the Chico is connected to Quiet thing? O_o

          • The Chico-Quiet connection

          • Cipher

            Well. I don’t see any resemblance between the two and it was confirmed the theory about Quiet being a post sex-change Chico was already debunked by Stephanie twice.

            Also it was a troll theory created by 4chan at the time.

            Head transplants however, I can see a lore reason for this being a thing, but not in the way the doctor wants to do a real life one. Transplant head onto a cybernetic body sounds like a logical top secret experiment in MGS.

            After all, didn’t the patriots do that to Raiden to give him his Cyborg body?

          • Shalashaska

            Well she did say “Quiet is definitely a women”.. technically SHE is a woman.. she didnt really say whether quiet is connected to Chico..
            You know what has me thinking there’s a connection? 2 things – 1. The Glaz and Palitz from Gz.. They do mutilate themselves so they cant harm anyone anymore. 2. Because if you keep Chico on Snake’s back long enough before putting him on the Heli, he says something around the lines of wanting to go home and start life again anew. (This isnt a part of the theories, i found this out myself)

            Yea.. This game is seriously going to have alot of Material and depth to it. Cant wait to see where all these theories go. I JUST DONT WANT to play as anyone but BigB….everything else doesnt matter that much 😀

          • Yeah, but in the latest Yong interview she straight up says the theory isn’t true, even though some of the arguments may make it seem plausible.

          • Shalashaska

            I actually like it tbh. But maybe thats because I want to see Chico again 😛

          • Don’t worry Chico becomes Batman.

      • Mr.Pony

        Maybe they are brothers O.o

  • Shalashaska

    What if Snake and Fox switch heads for snake to survive and then Fox is given a Cyborg body later for him to survive.
    Because you know. Troll.

  • Tong Ninja

    Has it been confirmed that Pier Stubbs is the actor for Eli??

    • Not yet, right? An IMDB listing in itself isn’t a confirmation, but the fact that this actor confirmed it is.

      • Tong Ninja

        Yeah I’m not sure. Is IMDB like Wikipedia?
        His name has been on the IMDB listing for 2 years now haha. He doesn’t have a facebook or twitter account, so we can’t ask him.

        • Anyone can contribute to IMDB, right? It also listed David Hayter in the voice cast before, and we know that isn’t true.

  • Gatsu

    Awesome to hear more of the characters behind the trailers characters and them being excited of the game too. What a lucky kid to be in TPP o_o…

    TPP is going to be the most mind-blowing game ever <3. 15 weeks, 5 days… and soon only 10 left oooh yeah.

    Hype to extreme!

    • Going to be nuclear after finishing the story

  • Gatsu

    To keep the 80’s alive in the comments ;).

    I bet when Big Boss meets Quiet for the first time, or when she enters MB…this song starts to play. From 84′ I think this was ;D.

    I’m gonna stuff my TPP full of 80’s songs lol and btw can’t wait to hear what songs Kojima has added to the game!

    • ObsessedGeorge

      Yeah, l wonder if we’ll be able to use our PS4s for MP3s in September…

      • Gatsu

        Hmm yeah :/… can use that usb-mp3 way but would be easier if we could just add them into ps4, like with ps3.

        • ObsessedGeorge

          That’s what l meant. Right now even though we can use MP3 throught the USB, Ground Zeroes doesn’t support that system. Maybe Kojima will consider adding it if Sony does not give us the option.

  • invader_skoodge

    Well guys. Knowing that the release date is fast approaching and first impressions of the game were positive puts me at ease…….You could say I can almost…………….RELAX(84′)

  • Well, at least he wasn’t the son of Will Smith, lol… (Nepotism for the win…)

  • PrinceHeir

    It will be interesting how things turns out.

    I also had a bad premonition that Konami will be removing the digital Metal Gear games in the next 5 years or so.

    I’m just glad i have all of them in physical retail so i can play them in 10 years+ etc.

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