29-year-old Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins is one of the most popular names associated with the world of Fortnite. A pioneer in the streaming era, his rise to global fame has been unprecedented, with a staggering 24 million subscribers on YouTube to his name.
Ninja even had over 14 million followers on his Twitch channel, before he made a move to Mixer in 2019.
The poster boy of Fortnite and a shining example of the video-game success story, Ninja has helped defy a prevailing sense of skepticism when it comes to video-games as a profession.
From receiving his very own Fortnite skin as an icon to being an inspiration for budding Fortnite pros, his career trajectory has witnessed a remarkable growth.
However, since Mixer shutdown, Ninja hasn't been streaming much, except for the occasional throwback videos on YouTube. In light of this, it appears that Ninja is eyeing a career in Hollywood as he attempts to expand his horizons and global reach.
Ninja's tryst with Hollywood
Fame and recognition go hand in hand, and it was only a matter of time before word of Ninja's success reached the ears of Hollywood. Ninja is no stranger to the world of television- from being a guest on The Jimmy Fallon Show to the Ellen Show, he has also participated in shows such as Family Feud and The Masked Singer.
He has also featured in a 2016 documentary titled A Gamer's Life and was set to star in Jumanji: The Next Level, but his portion was ultimately cut from the theatrical release.
Ninja didn't take it to heart, and recently, got his big break by landing a role in Ryan Reynolds' Free Guy, which is set to release later this year. He is set to feature alongside fellow streamers- Imane 'Pokimane' Anys and Lannan 'Lazarbeam' Eacott'.
The science fiction film has an interesting premise involving the plight of an NPC (non-playable character) played by Reynolds in an open-world game, which is a cross between Grand Theft Auto and Fortnite.
Ninja's views on Hollywood
Recently, Ninja gave an exclusive interview to The Hollywood Reporter, where he spoke about a wide range of topics, predominantly his interest in going to Hollywood. He even tweeted about being excited for the future:
In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ninja gave his honest opinion on a shift to Hollywood:
Movies, voice-acting, cartoons....I'm looking at anything.
While this might worry Fortnite fans a bit, he reassured them by saying that he would 'be gaming all his life'.
You can read Ninja's entire interview here.
With Twitter being the quickest to react, several fans from the online community responded to this news.
Check out some of them below:
Ninja is one of the most bankable streamers on the planet and has a huge fanbase. These are certainly the traits that Hollywood would be looking to capitalize upon, as Ninja gears up for a brand new Hollywood crusade.
You can watch the video below, which addresses Ninja's Hollywood interests and more:
Published 02 Aug 2020, 11:52 IST