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‘The Legend of Zelda’ on big screen

A white Nintendo Switch console depicts The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on its screen. A live-action film based on the game is in the works. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Fans no longer have to wish for a Legend of Zelda movie because Nintendo has confirmed a live-action film adaptation of the immensely popular video game franchise.

Shigeru Miyamoto, a representative director and creative fellow at Nintendo, announced the film’s production in an X post on Nov. 7. 

Miyamoto will produce the movie alongside producer Avi Arad, who produced many superhero movies such as “Spider-Man 2” and “Iron Man.” Director of “The Maze Runner” trilogy Wes Ball is slated to direct the adaptation.

The film will be developed by Nintendo and Sony Pictures Entertainment, which is co-financing and distributing the release of the project.

The game series is set in the kingdom of Hyrule, home to an elf-like race called Hylians. The series focuses on the different incarnations of Link, a courageous young Hylian, and Princess Zelda, the magical princess of Hyrule who is the descendant of the goddess Hylia.

The first game of the franchise, simply titled The Legend of Zelda, was created by Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka. The game was released for Japanese audiences in 1986 for the Famicom Disk System before being released internationally the following year on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Over the course of almost four decades, there have been over 40 games in the series, including mainline entries, remakes and spin-offs.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released for the Wii U and Nintendo Switch in 2017 and is currently the best-selling Zelda game with over 20 million copies sold, according to

It’s extremely exciting to see that a live-action adaptation is happening for The Legend of Zelda. I loved The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom when it was released earlier this year, its predecessor Breath of the Wild and many of the older titles as well, so to say I’m excited is an understatement.  

Like many other fans, I am a little wary about the movie. I watched “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” and was not a huge fan, especially with some of the casting choices of that film. 

That being said, there has been no official cast announced for the adaptation yet, but many fan casts have been popping up on the internet. 

Many of these fan casts include “Euphoria” star Hunter Schafer as fans’ choice for Princess Zelda in the live-action movie, which I think would be a great option. She has those striking features that I think would fit well for Zelda, but she is on the taller side, which could be a problem because Hylians are known for being shorter characters.

Video game adaptations tend to be hit-or-miss, so fans can only hope that the adaptation will do justice to the original games.

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