In the bustling world of Hollywood casting speculations, the latest buzz surrounds Hunter Schafer possibly taking on the iconic role of Princess Zelda in Nintendo’s upcoming live-action adaptation of ‘The Legend of Zelda.’ At the premiere of ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ in Los Angeles, the 24-year-old Euphoria actor responded to the persistent clamour from Zelda fans with a mix of enthusiasm and humility.
“Yeah, obviously, that would be so cool,” Schafer shared. “It’s another wave of fan casts, which is real sweet. I’m honoured that they even think of me for that.” Schafer, known for her role in ‘Euphoria,’ expressed her genuine interest in the role, citing her childhood connection with the video game series.
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Having revealed her admiration for ‘The Legend of Zelda’ at ‘The Hunger Games’ premiere in London, Schafer appears to be a genuine fan of the franchise. The film, directed by Wes Ball, renowned for his work in the ‘Maze Runner’ trilogy, is in the early stages of development, with Nintendo heavily involved in the production, as stated by Shigeru Miyamoto.
‘The Legend of Zelda,’ created by Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka, has been a staple in the gaming world since its debut in 1986. The game revolves around the adventures of Link, an elf-like warrior, and Princess Zelda as they fight to save their kingdom from the nefarious warlord Ganon.
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Schafer is not the sole contender for the coveted role. Machine Gun Kelly, a known Zelda enthusiast, has thrown his hat into the ring, expressing his desire to portray Link, the series’ protagonist. In an Instagram Story, he boldly proclaimed, “If I don’t play Link, we have a problem.” Kelly’s passion for the franchise was evident when he and fiancée Megan Fox donned costumes inspired by Link and Princess Zelda for Halloween, adding a personal touch to his campaign for the role.
‘The Legend of Zelda’ film follows the success of Nintendo’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which grossed over $1 billion worldwide. The announcement of the Zelda adaptation comes after seven months of Mario’s cinematic triumph, signalling Nintendo’s continued foray into the world of live-action video game adaptations.
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As the excitement builds for ‘The Legend of Zelda’ movie, casting decisions remain shrouded in mystery. While Schafer and Kelly have expressed their interest, no official announcements regarding the cast have been made. With Wes Ball at the helm and Nintendo promising a unique entertainment experience, fans can only speculate on who will ultimately don the iconic green cap and wield the Master Sword in the kingdom of Hyrule.