The Multi-Talented Musician and Actor Throws His Name into the Casting Mix for Iconic Role
In the realm of Nintendo and Sony’s collaborative efforts for the highly-anticipated Legend of Zelda live-action movie, a new contender has emerged for the role of Link—Machine Gun Kelly. The musician-turned-actor, real name Colson Baker, took to Instagram to make a compelling case for himself, stating, “If I don’t play Link, we have a problem.”
Known for his roles in movies such as Bird Box and The Dirt, Kelly showcased his love for the Zelda series by dressing up as Link alongside his fiancée, Megan Fox, who portrayed Zelda for Halloween in 2022. While casting details for the movie remain undisclosed, Euphoria star Hunter Schafer had previously expressed interest in playing Zelda.
Nintendo’s recent cinematic venture, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, achieved substantial success, grossing over $1.3 billion and securing the No. 2 spot for 2023’s highest-grossing film. The Legend of Zelda movie, set in a live-action format and produced by Marvel’s Avi Arad, is still in its early developmental stages, lacking information on casting, direction, storyline, or release date.
Shigeru Miyamoto, the renowned figure behind many beloved Nintendo franchises, including Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda, acknowledges the challenges of adapting The Legenf of Zelda into a live-action film, emphasizing the need for meticulous work to meet fan expectations. Miyamoto, actively involved as a producer, shared insights into the intricate process of translating the beloved game series to the cinematic realm.
Meanwhile, Tears of the Kingdom, the latest installment in the Zelda game series, has achieved remarkable success, selling over 19.5 million copies and earning acclaim as one of the standout games of 2023. The anticipation for the live-action adaptation remains high, with fans eagerly awaiting further developments in the cinematic journey of The Legend of Zelda.