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Zelda co-creator wants a 'boyish' actress for Link

Takashi Tezuka, who directed and designed the original Legend of Zelda, would like to see some non-traditional casting in a theoretical Zelda movie. In an MTV video interview, Tezuka said he'd like to see the hero in green played by an actress.

"This is just personally, it would be very fun and awesome if Link was played by a female actress, a boyish female actress," Tezuka said.

When Link showed his beautiful new face in the Zelda Wii U (opens in new tab) trailer, some fans speculated that we might be playing as a heroine this time around. Series producer Eiji Aonuma has since confirmed that Link is just a regular ol' gorgeously soft-featured man, but the series does have a history of blurring gender lines (opens in new tab) - inspiring ample fanart to toss behind that "what if Zelda was a girl?" meme.

Shigeru Miyamoto, who collaborated with Tezuka on Zelda, noted in the same interview that he has been impressed by many of the Link cosplayers he sees at fan conventions - and that "they would be good" for the role. If Miyamoto's taking suggestions, we have some ideas for potential Nintendo movies (opens in new tab) of our own...

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I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.