Terry Crews Nominates Himself to Play King Triton in Disney’s ‘Little Mermaid’ Remake

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Disney is well and truly in the nostalgia spotlight right now. Not only is its upcoming live-action reboot of The Lion King hitting theatres next week, but the Hollywood studio recently announced that a live-action The Little Mermaid is on the agenda, too.

Casting for the movie is already underway and the film has just found its Ariel, with singer Halle Bailey taking on the role of the mermaid princess. But the choice was met with a wave of backlash.

Now it seems that Terry Crews wants in on the movie, putting himself forward to play Ariel’s father, King Triton, by posting a hilarious picture to his Instagram.

His comical plea to Disney has provoked some pretty funny responses too, with the internet determined to make it a reality.

 

Casting for the long-anticipated The Little Mermaid remake is officially underway.

Disney seems eager to revive many of their old classics, announcing that The Little Mermaid was getting the live-action treatment 3 years ago.

In the 3 years since the original announcement, fans have been anxiously waiting to see which celebs will be featuring in the movie. Melissa McCarthy is rumored to be taking on the role of the iconic antihero, Ursula, with Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina also said to be in the line-up.  

Although there’s one role that we were desperate to hear about.

Fans were eager to find out who would be taking on the role of Ariel. Disney finally answered our prayers last week and announced that singer, Halle Bailey, was cast as the mermaid princess.

With the reboot said to include many of the original songs, the singer, who’s the younger half of the sibling singing duo “ChloexHalle,” seems to be the ideal fit for the mermaid. Director, Rob Marshall, complimented the star, saying that she “possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance – plus a glorious singing voice.”

She posted this message on Twitter.

After landing what will be the biggest role of her career, fans congratulated her on the news and praised Disney for casting a young, black actress as the princess.

The singer received a wave of hateful, racist backlash following the news, with people trying to claim that a black actress couldn’t play the character. Within hours, the hashtag #NotMyAriel began popping up everywhere on Twitter and even started trending in the UK, in a cruel rejection to the teen being cast as the mermaid.

In an Instagram post, the star explained that “it was problematic for every single Disney princess to be white to begin with, but when Aurora, Snow White & Cinderella were created we were still having to eat in separate parts of restaurants.”

Despite Twitter being flooded with backlash, numerous outraged fans took to the platform to praise the teen and to express their excitement at seeing her on the big screen.

Disney’s “Freeform” hit back at critics on Saturday in a lengthy Instagram post appropriately captioned: “An open letter to the Poor, Unfortunate Souls.”  

The negative reactions haven’t phased this star, who is all on board with the casting.

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star posted a hilarious picture on Instagram in a bid to get in on the movie, fancying his chances at taking on the role of Ariel’s father, King Triton.

In true Crews style, the post was tongue-in-cheek.  

Captioned: “Ariel’s Dad!! HEAR ME OUT!! #ArielsGotTerry #AmericasGotTerry,” it seems like Crews is desperate to join Disney’s Underwater Kingdom.

Terry Crews as King Triton? We’re all for it.

Fans were living for the star’s post.

Disney is guaranteed the support of fans if they take on Crews.

According to one fan, the actor is so unbeatable that he should just play every character in the movie.

People began photoshopping the actor into other pictures and the results are suitably funny.

Crews might not want to get too comfortable as actor, Idris Elba, is also in the running to play Ariel’s dad, as far as some fans are concerned anyway. Let’s be honest, either guy wouldn’t exactly be a letdown.

With production beginning next year, we think that the cast is coming together quite nicely. As for leading star, Halle Bailey, stay tuned, because we’ve got all the details on how and why she was cast, and why her reaction was nothing less than perfect.