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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
If the movie was the best cast with real humans playing each part – who would be cast as whom?
Some social media posts created ingenious joke casting choices for some of the movie’s main characters – including Michael Scott from The Office as Prince Eric. The eyes do match, after all.
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.
The first to be revealed to the public was young starlet, Halle Bailey, who was confirmed to be playing the main (and titular) character, the little mermaid, Ariel.
She was a part of an R&B singing duo with sister, Chloe, meaning she’s sure to have the vocal range to take on the role.
Although, to some, the casting choice was a little controversial – predominantly because of Bailey’s race.
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.
The hugely positive impact on young dark-skinned girls to see a Disney princess who looks like them cannot be overstated. It’s a huge, progressive step forward.
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.
Not only is he dreamy enough to take on the iconic Disney prince – but Styles has also proved his singing chops in One Direction, and his acting prowess in Dunkirk.
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.
Elba is a British actor best known for his titular role in Luther, and for playing Nelson Mandela in The Long Road To Freedom. He also made a cameo appearance in NBC’s The Office.
Terry Crews, star of White Chicks and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, was another name circulating as a potential for the role of King Triton.
Lizzo, queen of self-confidence, decided the best way to manifest the role she wanted was to put it out into the universe.
We’d pay good money to see Lizzo as Ursula – although it might be odd to see her being anything less than a positive queen.
The official casting list of the upcoming live-action Little Mermaid movie has been released – and here’s everything we know so far.
For example, Scuttle, Ariel’s smart-talking Seagull pal.
Hackett was a legendary voice actor across a range of Disney movies. But the gender of Scuttle has been flipped for the upcoming remake.
It’s been announced that the gull will be voiced by Crazy Rich Asians’ Awkwafina this time around.
Because Ariel’s other BFF (of the non-human variety) is Flounder, the adorable little fishy.
In the upcoming movie, Flounder will be voiced by Jacob Tremblay, aka the kid in Room.
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.
Firstly, many believe that, because Ursula was based on the famous drag queen, Divine, that the casting directors should also go down the drag route. Lizzo stans also have their opinions on the matter.
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.
Alongside an African-American Ariel, having a Hispanic Prince Eric would make the cast one of Disney’s most diverse yet.
He’s reportedly had 2 screen tests, with the most recent occurring on November 9 in London with director Rob Marshall.
It seems the current front-runner for the role of King Triton is actually Javier Bardem.
The Spanish star played a murderer in No Country for Old Men, plus has even been a Bond baddie, so this role might be quite a departure for him.
“I’m actually really excited about this one, The Little Mermaid was my favorite Disney princess movie,” wrote one Facebook user.
“Not thrilled with any of these casting ideas, not even Harry Styles and I love him. But if Lizzo ends up being Ursula I will go see it purely for her.”
“Nope. Nope to all of it. This was my favorite Disney movie so maybe my standards are too high but NO NO NO to all of this,” wrote one disgruntled fan.
Filming for the movie is rumored to start in the spring of 2020 – but that means we’ve got a way to go before we can see it.
If you want some Disney to watch right now, though, keep on scrolling.