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Video-game to movie adaptations are nothing new and many examples tend to be pretty divisive with devoted fans of the existing properties.
Everything from Super Mario to Assassin’s Creed has been reimagined for the big screen over the decades, but many fans have always hoped for a live-action adaptation of The Legend of Zelda games.
The fantasy-action franchise created by Japanese game designers Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka remains incredibly popular to this day, with Nintendo enthusiasts often citing some of the games as the best ever made.
The elf-like Link and Princess Zelda are entrenched in popular culture, and just recently, some have turned their attention to a potential Zelda TV series on Netflix. Is the project official or is it fake?
No, the Radio Times reports that recent discussion surrounding a Zelda TV series at Netflix doesn’t stem from an official project but, rather, the work of a digital artist.
Dan Leveille – a digital artist working at DeviantArt – has utilised AI technology to present fans with a string of posters depicting popular actors and stars as iconic Legend of Zelda characters.
These included Tom Holland (Spider-Man: No Way Home) as Link and Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) as the titular princess.
The posters ultimately fan art and have not come from either Netflix or Nintendo, despite the caption of the below tweet suggesting that the cast to a Netflix series has just dropped.
The full cast of @Netflix‘s live-action #Zelda series just dropped, revealing an all-star cast starring @TomHolland1996, @EmmaWatson, and @idriselba! 😱
Full posters in thread 👇
(JK. Made w/ #midjourney, inpainting w/ #dalle, facial correction w/ Tencent ARC, and Photoshop) pic.twitter.com/YnxV7UEJgH
Slash Film reports that a live-action Zelda series was reportedly being discussed at Netflix back in 2015 but it was later reported that Netflix axed plans because Nintendo was concerned about leaks.
Collider reports that Adam Conover was working on a Star Fox adaptation but he revealed during an appearance on The Serf Times podcast that both Star Fox and a Zelda show were shut down.
“… suddenly there were reports Netflix wasn’t going to do its Legend of Zelda anymore,” he explained.
“I was like ‘what happened?’ And then I heard from my boss we weren’t doing our Star Fox anymore. I was like ‘what happened?’ He was like, ‘someone at Netflix leaked the Legend of Zelda thing, they weren’t supposed to talk about it, Nintendo freaked out… and they pulled the plug on everything, the entire program to adapt these things.”
With that in mind, Tom Holland fans won’t expect to see him tackle the role of Link unless something concrete is announced down the line.
The fan art posters depict a fake series cast that includes the following:
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