Fans of Disney have been being spoiled recently, as their slew of live-action remake announcements have gotten the whole internet excited. But nothing has been quite so controversial as the casting choices for the upcoming Little Mermaid movie.
The first announcement was that of the role of Ariel, who is set to be played by Halle Bailey. And, since then, rumors have abounded about the different big-name celebrities filling the roles - including Idris Elba, Harry Styles, and even Lizzo.
But now it seems like the casting process is over. Interested in the full list of who's playing who? Keep on scrolling.
For many of us, Disney represents a huge part of our childhoods.
If you grew up in the '80s or '90s, classic Disney movies are almost inextricably linked with feelings of nostalgia, comfort, and happiness.
But there's just one problem.The classic Disney movies from what many see as their golden age are finite in number. Meaning many feel like, once they've seen them all, they're sort of "run out."
But higher-ups at Disney had an innovative solution.Using the very best of modern technology, the company has started remaking their classic films in a live-action format. Earlier this year, The Lion King live-action remake was released.
And after the success of that remake...It seems like Disney thinks they're onto something pretty good. Earlier this year, it was announced that another Disney classic, The Little Mermaid, would be getting the same treatment.
And it's safe to say, fans were pretty excited.Getting to see an old favorite movie in a whole new light is a real treat - and seeing what SFX can be created "Under the Sea" is also eagerly anticipated.
But fans had one big question.If the movie was the best cast with real humans playing each part - who would be cast as whom?
Twitter took on a starring role.
ok hear me out https://t.co/a1oGE9fRYa— hattie (@hattie)1562282865.0
Although some hit a little close to home.Sure, Guy Fieri as the villain, Ursula, may not be the most glamorous choice for the role - but we'd certainly go to see it!
But then some actual casting choices were announced.
Halle rose to fame online.
Thankfully, many on the internet saw this for what it was ...Plain old racism. There's no need in any plot point for Ariel to be played by a white-skinned, red-haired actress - and seeing such a talented young star achieving her dreams should be heartwarming for anyone to see.
Plus, there was this to think about.
Halle Bailey, a Black teens who wears locs, being cast as a Disney princess is what dreams are made of. Imagine wha… https://t.co/V6TG5iJq1C— Evette Dionne (@Evette Dionne)1562185502.0
And following Bailey's announcement...Many more rumors circulated about potential casting choices. One of the biggest ones was that of Prince Eric, who many believed would be played by Harry Styles.
In many ways, he seemed meant for the role.
Harry Styles as Prince Eric. That's it. That's the tweet. https://t.co/QLX6QOCKjx— 🇲🇽𝓛𝓲𝔃🇲🇽 (@🇲🇽𝓛𝓲𝔃🇲🇽)1563312279.0
And that wasn't all.Shortly after Bailey was confirmed in the role of Ariel, many social media users decided the best choice for her father King Triton would be Idris Elba.
People were super keen on the idea.
If Idris Elba isn’t playing King Triton, Im rioting. #littlemermaid https://t.co/EIIiSpqXvS— Johnny Sack (@Johnny Sack)1562195934.0
And there was another name thrown into the mix.
Fans split between Terry Crews and Idris Elba playing King Triton in The Little Mermaid. 👀😂 https://t.co/6aybowGlXc https://t.co/sknJEHl0mB— LADbible (@LADbible)1562503611.0
And who could forget this.
I’M URSULA. PERIOD. @Disney https://t.co/9YPVPPvVpz— Feelin Good As Hell (@Feelin Good As Hell)1541046087.0
Many were hugely pro this casting choice.
It would be a national tragedy if @lizzo doesn’t get to play Ursula in the Little Mermaid https://t.co/se4vatnoWt— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@Yashar Ali 🐘)1560562656.0
But after months of speculation...The official casting list of the upcoming live-action Little Mermaid movie has been released - and here's everything we know so far.
That's right, other characters have been confirmed.For example, Scuttle, Ariel's smart-talking Seagull pal.
In the original movie, Scuttle was voiced by Buddy Hackett.
via: Getty ImagesHackett was a legendary voice actor across a range of Disney movies. But the gender of Scuttle has been flipped for the upcoming remake.
And this time, Scuttle will have a rather different voice.It's been announced that the gull will be voiced by Crazy Rich Asians' Awkwafina this time around.
And that's not the only sidekick role confirmed.Because Ariel's other BFF (of the non-human variety) is Flounder, the adorable little fishy.
And that voice role has been confirmed, too.
via: Getty ImagesIn the upcoming movie, Flounder will be voiced by Jacob Tremblay, aka the kid in Room.
Another star who is (pretty much) confirmed?It's pretty widely believed that Melissa McCarthy will be taking on the role of Ursula - and the news has had a pretty mixed reception online.
There are a few issues that the internet has with this.
The real Little Mermaid shit we should be concerned about is if they cast Melissa McCarthy that probably means they… https://t.co/EGOnCK60VS— Hellvetika (@Hellvetika)1562381104.0
The role of Prince Eric is also hotly contested.Many BTS fans wanted the role to go to K-Pop star, Jimin. But now there's yet another big name on everyone's lips.
Christian Navarro of 13 Reasons Why wasalso reportedly in talks.
Idk what happened to the other tweet. But! @disney saw this, saw your support, and gave my team a call. They wante… https://t.co/OXRVpMcJZb— Christian Navarro (@Christian Navarro)1567542172.0