- To OP: Please never ever relate Miley Cyrus to The Legend of Zelda again. We are better than that.
- Sincerely, the Zelda fanbase
Link was just a normal farmboy living in the region of Ordona until his childhood friend, Princess Zelda, appears to him in a dream, begging him to save Hyrule from the evil lord Ganondorf. Obtaining the legendary Master Sword, a weapon said to be the only thing that can destroy the dark lord, Link must prevent Ganondorf from obtaining the Triforce, a magic relic that can grant wishes upon anyone.
- Logan Lerman as Link: Lerman was chosen from a list of candidates that included Shia LeBeouf, Michael Cera and Robert Pattinson.
- Jared Gilmore as Young Link
- Mar Nerdy as Princess Zelda: Originally, Emma Roberts was cast for the role but quit after a heavy argument with the director. Before Roberts was cast, Lucy Hale was considered for the role.
- Mackenzie Foy as Young Zelda
- Christopher Meloni as Ganondorf: Dwayne Johnson turned down the role.
- Grey DeLisle as the voice of Navi
- Michael Fassbender as the voice of the Great Deku Tree
- Peyton Roi List as Saria
- Christoph Waltz as Rauru
- Olivia Wilde as Impa
- Kevin Michael Richardson as the voice of Darunia
- Emily Browning as Princess Ruto
- Willow Shields as Young Ruto
- Freida Pinto as Nabooru
Warner Bros. Pictures acquired movie rights for the Zelda franchise in 2007 after the successful release of Twilight Princess. For many years, Nintendo had been interested in turning Zelda in a movie series. In June 2010, Warner took pitches from video game writers, comic book writers, screenwriters and directors in how to make a Zelda movie. Mac Walters, writer of the Mass Effect franchise, proposed an eight-hour epic that spanned from Link's childhood to his eventual crowning as King of Hyrule. Similarly, Grant Morrison proposed a story similar to that of Ocarina of Time.
During discussions for Super Mario Bros. in 2011, Neil Gaiman told director J.J. Abrams his idea for the Zelda movie. Impressed by Gaiman's idea, Abrams presented the concept to the studio, who hired Abrams and Gaiman as director and screenwriter respectively.