Top Nintendo Creator: Link Should Be Played By A Woman In A Zelda Movie

Top Nintendo Creator: Link Should Be Played By a Woman in a Zelda Movie

Nintendo doesn't have plans — that we know of — to put any of their iconic characters into big-budget movies. But the guy who helped shape some of the most beloved Legend of Zelda games thinks that woman should play Link if a movie happens.

The MTV video above (via GoNintendo) features Shigeru Miyamoto and A Link to the Past director/Wind Waker producer Takashi Tezuka talking about pie-in-the-sky silver screen adaptations for Nintendo's biggest franchises. Mario's creator thinks that Mario and Luigi should be played by twins if another Super Mario Bros. movie ever gets made.

It's important to note exactly what Tezuka says when he's talking the casting for a potential Legend of Zelda movie. "It would be very fun and awesome if Link was played by a female actress, a boyish female actress," the Nintendo veteran says. Notice that he's referring to the gender of the performer, not the lead character. Given that he says a "boyish female actress," Tezuka doesn't seem to be suggesting that the Hero of Time should be changed to the Heroine of Time. Link tends to look androgynous, which would tie into a long history of women playing male characters. But it's interesting that these thoughts come to light after all the speculation surrounding Hyrule Warriors and the upcoming Zelda game for the Wii U.


    Well duh, Peter Pan has always been played by girls despite being a boy. It's kinda how elves work.

    Or just get Orlando Bloom.

      The only two I can think of are Robin Williams, and that one from ten years ago... am I missing something on the Peter Pan bit?

        Shortly after writing his first Peter Pan short story J.M Barrie wrote a Peter Pan stage play, it is the play not the book that became the breakout success for the character and which most of the movies are based on. The play became hugely popular in the first half of the 20th century and the title role was almost always played by boyish looking women.

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      "Or just get Orlando Bloom"

      Or the billions of asian males that look like girls.

      If it were up to me, I would not get what I call, "isolated Japanese actors". I've watched enough Japanese movies to slam my hands on the table and declare how limited their acting range is (Also how subpar their CGI is when compared to the west)

      For the rest of the cast, I would probably get Gilbert Gottfried as the fairy, and Jon Lovitz as Tingle.

      I'm not sure that I'd trust Orlando Bloom with a hookshot, we've all seen Black Hawk Down!

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