Metroid movie: Why Brie Larson would be the perfect Samus Aran

Brie Larson has been quite the topic ever since she hit mainstream success by nabbing the role of Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Outside of her acting career, Larson is vocal in the political scene. As an outspoken person with strong viewpoints, she has ruffled a few feathers over the past couple years. However, that’s not what I want to delve into today. Why? Well, simply because it has nothing to do with the topic at hand: why Brie Larson should play the first live-action Samus Aran.

Brie Larson started it

First, what brought me to this topic? Well, Brie Larson herself has openly talked about wanting to star as Samus Aran in a Metroid movie. Aside from that, Nintendo has shown interest in testing out the movie and TV waters again with its IP. Thus, here we are.

Metroid movie: Why Brie Larson would be the perfect Samus Aran

Brie Larson rocking Samus Halloween attire

Captain Marvel was arguably Brie Larson’s first huge foray into the spotlight, even though she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2015 for Room. (Most nerds know her from Scott Pilgrim fame too.) So it was the first time a lot of people saw Brie Larson act. I’ll be honest — I don’t think Captain Marvel is a great first impression for the actor. I think she’s a fantastic actor, but I wasn’t very fond of her as Captain Marvel (at least, not yet. Maybe she’ll grow on me.). It’s hard for me to put my finger on, but there was something off-putting about Captain Marvel’s writing and line delivery that just didn’t jive with me. To add to that, despite being the main protagonist, I felt like I barely knew who Carol Danvers was after watching the movie.

Lucky for me, Captain Marvel wasn’t where I first got to see Larson’s acting chops. Aside from seeing her small role in Scott Pilgrim, I saw her jaw-dropping performance in Room. In the film, Larson played a kidnapped rape victim being held captive in a shed with her son. Larson’s performance was heartbreaking, mesmerizing, and absolutely unforgettable.

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We saw Larson’s character in complete desperation and solitude. A lot of the film has no dialogue, and much of the story is told through the facial expressions of Larson’s character; it’s quite heartbreaking. I won’t jump into Room spoilers because it’s fairly niche and you should definitely watch it. However, after seeing Larson in that role, it’s easy to imagine her as Samus. Metroid is all about isolation and Samus forcing her way through treacherous places as a one-woman army. Playing Samus would require the same expertise Larson used in Room.

Metroid is one of Nintendo’s “grittiest” franchises, and I would love to see them lean into that in a live-action depiction. It seems now more than ever Nintendo is open to associating its brand with more mature content. Do I ever see any of this happening? Of course not — it’s a pipe dream. However, Nintendo is full of surprises lately, so who knows?

How would you feel about Brie Larson in such an iconic role? Do you think she could pull it off? Be sure to leave all of your thoughts in the comments section below, or join the discussion over on our Facebook page.


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Brett Medlock
Brett Medlock is Nintendo Enthusiast's Editor-in-chief. He’s obsessed with action-adventure games, platinum trophies, and K-pop. To hear more about how lame he is, follow him on Twitter @brettnll

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