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Dream Casting: The Legend of Zelda

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May 11, 2018

Dream Casting is an imaginative look at the casting process of potential Hollywood projects based on comics and other media. This isn't just about what is being made; this is about what should be made, and who we think should be the stars.

After having fun with Metroid last week, I've decided to continue with Nintendo based projects and move on to The Legend of Zelda. There's been talk of a TV series before, but it hasn't gone anywhere. The fantasy world built in the games has a lot of potential for longterm storytelling, particularly if there's enough of a budget to realize all the nonhuman characters and various monsters along the way.

With the TV series idea in mind, I've cast a group of characters from a few games, but with the supporting cast of Breath of the Wild dominating a bit, since those characters are so interesting and that game is fresh on people's minds. If it's an ongoing series, however, it should include characters from all the games, but probably shouldn't worry too much about the various timelines and incarnations that make the Zelda mythos so complicated.

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Dylan Sprouse as Link

Despite being the twin brother of Riverdale's Jughead, Dylan Sprouse (Dismissed) has a great look for Link, and having recently returned to acting he'd probably be excited to get a role to rival his brother's.

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Rosie Day as Princess Zelda

Rosie Day (Outlander) has the perfect mix of delicate features and underlying strength to play the titular princess.

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Titus Welliver as Ganon

Ganon should be introduced as a huge boar monster, but with the expressive and intimidating voice of Titus Welliver (Bosch). When Ganondorf is introduced, whether through flashback or a new transformation, Welliver can play the character a bit more directly.

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Jenny Agutter as Impa

Impa varies from game to game between a little old lady and a powerful warrior. I decided to split the difference by casting the still-formidably Jenny Agutter (Logan's Run).

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Patrick Stewart as the Old Man

In the original Legend of Zelda, the mysterious Old Man gives Link his sword. In Breath of the Wild, he's secretly the King and Zelda's father. I want Patrick Stewart (Logan) to do both, showing up with a wizard beard in Episode 1 to say "It's dangerous to go alone!" and later being revealed as the King of Hyrule.

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Rex Lee as Tingle

Rex Lee (Young and Hungry) is a very funny actor who is one of the few I'd trust to make the very strange character of Tingle work on television.

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Thom Barry as the Great Deku Tree

Thom Barry (The Fast and the Furious) is mostly retired these days, but if he's willing to come back for a quick voice role his distinctive grumble will make a great talking tree.

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Charlyne Yi as Midna

Although she only appears in Twilight Princess, Midna is such a fan character that I had to include her. Charlyne Yi (Steven Universe) is the perfect actress to play this kind of shady little imp.

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Thomas Dekker as Sidon

Even though he'll either be CGI or under heavy makeup, the charisma of Thomas Dekker (Backstrom) should shine through in Sidon's voice and smile.

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Kiersey Clemons as Mipha

Similarly, there should be plenty of Kiersey Clemons (Dope) in Sidon's sister, who has her own feelings for Link.

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Peter Serafinowicz as Revali

Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy) has the perfect voice and accent to play an egotistal warrior bird like Revali.

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Joe Seanoa as Daruk

Best known as pro wrestler Samoa Joe, Seanoa recently broke into voice acting with Transformers: Power of the Primes. He could do another voice role here, or given his own physical prowess he could play a somewhat more human-shaped version of Daruk with the aid of makeup effects.

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Zawe Ashton as Urbosa

Zawe Ashton (Wanderlust) is already on the tall side, but special effects could make her even taller for the role of the Gerudo champion.

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Samantha Logan as Riju

Samantha Logan (13 Reasons Why) is a promising young actress who will stand out as the young Gerudo chieftain.