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Nintendo’s Takashi Tezuka Suggests Live-Action Link Should Be Played by a Girl

Hey (Nintendo), listen!

With rumors and comments flying about Nintendo’s renewed interest in turning their highly bankable properties into Scrooge McDuck-caliber vaults full of gold movies, casting is on everyone’s mind. Who should play some of the most iconic video game characters of all time? Nintendo game designer Takashi Tezuka thinks a gender swap might be a good idea for Link, in particular.

Of course, when he adds that it’d be a “boyish” girl taking on the role of Link, it’s hard to tell if he’s suggesting Link should actually be a girl or should just be played by one—like Mary Martin in Peter Pan. Or maybe it was an attempted joke about Link’s masculinity, which would be disappointing. Whatever the case, the fact that the prospect was even on his mind is encouraging.

I just personally like the idea of Link being a girl because there’s literally no reason the character can’t be. (No matter how many nonsense YouTube videos people make to argue the point at me.) Almost every game in the franchise is about a different Link throughout the convoluted timeline. Why couldn’t a girl take up the mantle at some point? (Admittedly, I also just enjoy any opportunity to write about the tired “but he’s an established character!” rebuttal, which doesn’t hold up specifically for the aforementioned reason.)

And for anyone still really against the idea of Link being a girl, that’s far from my most controversial opinion on the Zelda franchise: I will riot if they don’t include Navi in the movie/TV show/whatever. *Ducks.*

(via Rich Lyons)

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