A well-known insider assures that Florence Pugh, the Black Widow actress, will lend her image and voice to Samus Aran in Metroid Prime 4 and the entire franchise … with the intention, later, of making a film.
The development of Metroid Prime 4 has been shrouded in secrecy since its announcement at E3 2017 and its subsequent “revival” in January 2019 . It will be 5 years since we learned of the existence of the project, but, nevertheless, we still do not have any official image or information .
However, this new rumor is going to monopolize the conversation around Metroid … and it will undoubtedly divide the audience. Apparently, Nintendo has hired actress Florence Pugh, the actress recently seen in Black Widow and Hawkeye , to lend her image and voice to Samus Aran .
This is what insider Jeff Grubb says on his Last of the Nintendogs podcast : ” I have heard from at least two sources that Nintendo of America has signed the Black Widow actress to become Samus in the Metroid franchise ,” says Grubb, who claims that his two sources are reliable and do not know each other at all, which adds credibility to the information.
Apparently, when Retro Studios restarted development on Metroid Prime 4 in 2019, Nintendo of America decided to take a fresh approach not only to the game, but to the franchise, looking for a young actress to become the official face of Samus, both in games as in later transmedia projects, like movies.
This decision did not like much in the headquarters of Nintendo Japan, that was against to the idea. Finally, it was sometime in 2020 that Nintendo of America’s plans were given the green light , having planned the Metroid Dread marketing campaign.
As development for Metroid Dread had begun prior to the Metroid Prime 4 reboot, Samus’s in-game design for MercurySteam fell outside of this plan.
Likewise, they speculate that for that reason Nintendo influenced so much that Dread was the end of the main saga, in 2D , considering it as an ” end of the cycle “. This may be one of the reasons why we haven’t seen any official images of Metroid Prime 4 yet (or the rumored Metroid Prime remaster, which Grubb still takes for granted , although now he’s not sure it’s the Trilogy anymore).
As for the actress, names such as Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie or Brie Larson were considered , who was very close to obtaining the role , but finally they opted for Florence Pugh since they wanted to look for someone younger.
And it is that the intention, in the long term, is for Pugh to star in an origins film of the saga , accompanied by a relaunch of the saga in 2D (although that is insider speculation). Recall that Nintendo confirmed that they intended to make movies or series with other IPs apart from Super Mario .
” From what I’ve heard, Pugh will be lending his image in Metroid Prime Remaster and then Metroid Prime 4, with the goal of establishing a unified image of Samus to use in all post-Dread games, in promotional campaigns and stuff, and finally in movies, “says Grubb.
Pugh’s role in the two Metroid Primes currently in development would be small, beyond having lent his image in the few moments when Samus’s face is seen. It wouldn’t have done any motion capture, but it would have lines of dialogue in Metroid Prime 4 , a game that is expected to emphasize its narrative with “cinematic and emotional” scenes .
What do you think that Nintendo has opted for an actress as well known as Florence Pugh, Marvel’s new Black Widow, to be the image of Samus in the saga (games and perhaps movies)?