The Legend of Zelda is coming to Netflix. According to a recent report, the streaming company is working closely with Nintendo to adapt the classic franchise for the small screen. It'll even look and feel a bit like Game of Thrones, but for families. (Which means, obviously, less gratuitous nudity and bloodshed.)
Netflix is reportedly still in the process of finding writers for the series, so it's anyone's guess what the final product will actually look like when it debuts. Well, after hours of deliberation, joking, and serious thoughts about representation, The Verge knows exactly how the series should look from a casting standpoint. Why did we spend hours on this? Because a) it's fun and b) it matters to think about who will be playing these iconic characters. We know it's not up to us — especially since so many of those below are busy A-list actors — but a site can dream. Let the casting commence!
Maisie Williams as Young Link
As evidenced by her winning performance in Game of Thrones, Maisie Williams is already brilliant at playing youths fighting their way through high fantasy worlds, so we're sure she's willing to set forth on a quest to save the princess of her kingdom. If we had to guess, she pretty much already bears the Tri-Force of Courage. And as for why we would make Link, Zelda's love interest, a girl instead of a boy, it's because it doesn't matter either way.
Natalie Dormer as Adult Link
Natalie Dormer is a badass. While we haven't yet seen her wield a sword as Margaery Tyrell or Cressida in The Hunger Games, she just has the kind of presence where you don't want to mess with her. Imagine her emerging from the Temple of Time, Master Sword in hand. Yeah. Badass.
Quvenzhané Wallis as Young Zelda
Zelda on Netflix should be tough, no matter how old she is. The 11-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis already has an Academy Award nomination to her name for playing the unstoppable Hushpuppy in 2012's Beasts of the Southern Wild. We imagine her playing a smart, resourceful, and funny Zelda is the same vein as Tetra from Wind Waker.
Antonia Thomas as Adult Zelda
Antonia Thomas was incredible as Alisha in Britain's Misfits, playing a complex character far beyond any typical damsel in distress. She's strong, smart, and has something of a regal aura about her. (Even if that might come across as bratty.) We think she'd play a pretty excellent Princess Zelda, and an even more brilliant Sheik when it came down to it.
Michael Shannon as Ganondorf
This is really a no-brainer. Michael Shannon played Zod in Man of Steel and Nelson Van Alden in Boardwalk Empire with the same kind of simmering intensity ready to flip right over into savagery. He's a reasonable man until he has to be a cruel and utterly brutal one. Cast him out into the desert and redden his hair, and we have no problem imagining him as the Gerudo King of Thieves.
Laurence Fishburne as King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule
The King of Red Lions was a big part of Wind Waker's epic scope, and discovering that he was the old King of Hyrule all along made the game feel like the stuff of myth. You can always count on Laurence Fishburne for Shakespearean gravitas, the kind of reading that makes you think you're listening to something momentous. He'd play the perfect ruler of Hyrule.
Jenny Slate as Navi
Navi may be annoying, but Navi is necessary. If she had a voice actress, the woman behind Marcel the Shell is a shoe-in. She'd make the fairy truly endearing. It just works.
Zoe Saldana as Midna
Midna's more mischievous than Navi ever was, but she makes up for it by being the Twilight Princess. We imagine Zoe Saldana playing Midna in her full-grown Twili form, wielding the Mirror of Twilight like a weapon when she's not brokering diplomatic ties with Hyrule.
Beyoncé as The Fairy Queen
This really needs no explanation other than Beyoncé is already American royalty. Ruling the Fae should be no problem.
Margaret Cho as The Great Fairy of Magic
If you're at all familiar with Margaret Cho's oeuvre, you'll know why this make sense. The Great Fairies of Magic are larger-than-life, sexy, weird, and ultra-powerful women charged with giving Link upgrades. Imagine Cho floating in midair, in thigh-high boots, a red wig, and covered in vines, and you'll realize this is the role she was made for.
Nick Offerman as Darunia
Netflix should look no further than the man who plays Parks & Rec's "big boss," Nick Offerman. Not only is the NBC sitcom is about to wrap its final season, but he'd be the perfect fit for the roll of the burly, gruff, rock-eating patriarch of the Gorons. He's got the great facial hair. He's comfortable without his shirt on. And he's spent over six seasons playing a character who buries gold, so he's ready to go should the series call for Darunia to hoard the Goron's Ruby (aka the Spiritual Stone of Fire).
Martin Short as Tingle
Isn't it obvious?