Hollywood has put out some good fantasy franchises in the last 10 years. We received The Lord of the Rings from Peter Jackson, The 8-part Harry Potter franchise with David Yates really bringing the darkness to the forefront of the films, and then we've begun to receive another extension of the middle-earth story with Peter Jackson about to wrap up his final installment of the Hobbit trilogy.
With the Hobbit wrapping up though, we'll be fantasy-less until 2016 when Warcraft comes out, but the thing that has us all on the edge of our seats regarding that film is that it is a video game film and nothing good has ever come out of the video game/movie relationships. Maybe Warcraft will be different, it has a great cast, a good director, what could go wrong? Hopefully not much.
But I'm not writing this to talk to you about Warcraft, I wanted to put focus on a much more beloved fantasy video game franchise: The Legend of Zelda. Many people have been dying to see the epic legend put to film but nothing has ever come of it. We've received an April Fool's Day trailer for an Ocarina of Time movie, we've seen a failed movie pitch from the creators of 2007's TMNT movie. But I'm writing to this to talk about how it could work, what would it need to be successful, who should the cast be, etc.
Let's get started.
A Brand New Legend
First things first, we need to understand that a Zelda movie cannot and must not be comprised of any one specific installment in the video game series. It just wouldn't work that way. First off, there's no way to properly show all of the dungeons and tedious amounts of scavenging that goes on within the game, not to mention the silly puzzles.
That's not to say that some of that stuff can't be portrayed, it just couldn't be as exhaustive as the video games are. If it was just like the video games, the audience would become bored, if it wasn't exactly like the video games, the fanboys would cry out with rage.
So how do we fix this? How do we adapt The Legend of Zelda into a film? I'll tell you, you create an entirely different story. Now, I don't know if you know this or not (chances are that if you are a Zelda fan you do know this), but all of the Zelda games connect with each other as part of a larger scheme of things. They're all in the same linear timeline, which is cool!
But there has recently been a big video game release called Hyrule Warriors and this specific game has taken elements from all games of the franchise or at least the three biggest/well-known/most-recent installments in the franchise:
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
These are not the only games represented in Hyrule Warriors, but they're the ones with the most focus. Why am I talking about this? Well, it's because it is one of the two options that a Zelda movie could use: creating something exists as its own entity.
The second option is to create a Zelda movie that is a new and fresh story and just have it be a different part of the timeline of Zelda's massive timeline. Me personally, I'd like to see this second option used and I'd like the story to be something that is so massive, so epic that it has to be split into three different films.
I also want to see a lot of the Zelda mythos really highlighted. I want Hyrule to feel like Hyrule, I want to see Triforces decorating ancient artifacts, I want to see the Master Sword, and I'd like really like to see them not shy away from the strange and fantastic species and races that exist within this epic environment like the Gorons, Kokiri, and the Zoras.
To make an already long explanation shorter, I want to see Link standing, sword ready, fighting huge monsters and wicked villains and saving the Princess of Hyrule.
Casting Power, Wisdom, Courage
Now that we've talked about the story, let's cast the roles of the three most important characters of almost any Zelda installment: Link, Zelda, and Ganon.
First off, let me say that I think Nicholas Hoult would make a good Link, the hero, the wielder of the Triforce of Courage. Nicholas is a great actor who has definitely made himself very popular with his depiction of Beast in the most recent X-Men movies (X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past). He also had the lead role in Warm Bodies, he's shown different sides of his acting in other movies as well. He also looks the part surprisingly. I never gave him any thought until I saw him listed in a fan cast and I thought: "Yeah, that makes sense." So yeah, I choose Nicholas Hoult for Link.
Next up is Princess Zelda, I've casted Elizabeth Olsen for the role. I'll be the first to admit that I've not seen her in much save Godzilla and I know she'll be starring as Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but, I know she's received a lot of love from audiences who have seen her in other things as well. But, I'll admit that I think she definitely has the look for Princess Zelda and I feel that she actually could play the opposite of Link in a very good way. The only thing I would be nervous about? Could she pull off the British accent? Yes, the characters need to have a British accent. I do also feel the need to say one thing about other people's fancast for this movie: Miley Cyrus should never, EVER, play Zelda, I've seen that more than once and was disgusted.
Lastly, I casted Idris Elba as Ganondorf. I originally would have cast Sean Bean, but he's too mellow, I don't see him getting as heated and passionate in the role like Idris Elba probably could. Plus, I think that Elba has a more powerful stature and more threatening voice. The man is a beast and I think that he'd make a great Ganon and I feel that his dark complection would look awesome with the long red hair and the red beard.
Last point of the article will be dealing with who should be behind the scenes. I tried to be realistic as much as possible, but let's face it, even though this movie will never happen, we all would love to see Peter Jackson, the director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit trilogy, bring Zelda to life in the exact same fashion as his previous projects.
Jackson knows fantasy, he knows how to supply the audience with fun, light-hearted moments and then spin the film around by the end and bring heavy darkness, and dire situations into the mix. He's a gifted writer and director and I would whole-heartedly trust the future of the Zelda film franchise in his hands because he's a passionate man and pours that passion into everything he does.
So there you have it, my thoughts on how a Zelda movie should look and be handled. I hope that you enjoyed it and I would love to hear your thoughts on my article, opinions on a story, and your choice of cast members so feel free to comment in the comment section below and don't forget to vote in the poll as well.