According to a scoop by TheDInsider (later confirmed by Variety), Javier Bardem is in talks to play the trident-wielding ruler of Atlantica who is struggling to keep his daughter from contacting the human world.
While Disney didn’t cast Idris Elba as Triton as I hoped, Bardem is more than a worthy casting choice because he’s a ridiculously talented chap who can definitely do the stern and intimidating schtick without breaking a sweat.
So here’s where we’re at with The Little Mermaid so far: a curious R&B singer/mermaid feels trapped by her Bond villain father’s strict rules about contacting the human world but she ends up breaking defying him after falling for a One Direction member.
This version of The Little Mermaid doesn’t sound like it will be the warm and fuzzy fairytale everyone expected and I’m totally here for it.
The Lion King's Original Ending Would've Traumatised You As A Kid
It's as if Mufasa's death wasn't traumatic enough,
For an animated kid’s movie, The Lion Kinghad its share of surprisingly disturbing scenes, like Mufasa‘s death at the hands of Scar, the Nazi-esque hyena rally during the “Be Prepared” sequence, and Scar getting eaten alive by hyenas at the end.
It’s actually a wonder that kids weren’t rendered into blubbering messes after watching the film.
Having said that, The Lion King would’ve served up a guaranteed dose of trauma to you and anyone else who watched it had Disney decided to stick to the original, horrific ending.
In this original ending, everything unfolds roughly same way up until Simba faces off Scar for the final time at the top of a fiery Pride Rock.
After Scar knocks Simba on his back and about to finish him off, Simba manages to push Scar off, causing the older lion to fall off Pride Rock. But Scar isn’t dead as he is still clinging on the edge and begging Simba to save him. Telling Simba that letting him fall will make him no better than his murderous uncle, Simba decides to help.
However, Scar is able to grab hold of Simba’s mane and throw him off the edge to his apparent death. The elder lion manages to climb back up just before the flames engulf him. Since he doesn’t see Simba, who survived the fall thanks to a perfectly placed tree that broke his fall, Scar laughs maniacally in victory just before he gets consumed by fire and burned to death.
This original ending ultimately wasn’t properly completed and only exists in storyboard form, which is for the best because those alone are trauma-inducing enough and seeing the scene fully finished would’ve been way too much to handle.
As for why the original ending was deleted, Disney rightfully thought that it was too horrific for a Disney film and thought it was more interesting (and somehow less graphic) for Scar to be mauled to death by hyenas.
This makes sense on a character level given Scar’s association with the hyenas but the “too horrific for a Disney film” reasoning is an interesting one given how the studio went with graphic deaths for some of its other animated masterpieces.
There’s Ursula being impaled and electrocuted in The Little Mermaid, Frollo falling into molten copper in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Clayton getting hanged in Tarzan, and Gaston falling to his death in Beauty and the Beast.
So while Scar’s final death worked just fine, his original death wouldn’t have been too out of line when put alongside other Disney Renaissance films.
Perhaps having Scar laughing evilly while being roasted alive was just one step too far for a film that was already dark enough as it is.
And besides, The Lion King had already already used its “traumatise the audience” card with the death of Mufasa and playing it twice would’ve probably scared too many folks away from what was supposed to be an animated film about lions.
The Internet Wants Two Of TV's Most Meme-Worthy Chefs To Snag Parts In The Little Mermaid
Please let this happen.
Casting news has been coming in hot and fast for Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.
These are the only confirmed roles so far (well except for Ursula) but fans have been buzzing over who else they want to see in the film. While there have been some great suggestions (like Idris Elba as King Triton), the internet did its usual thing of taking a good thing and cranking it to 11.
Since it’s not been confirmed that McCarthy will be Ursula just yet, some fan suggested that the sea witch should in fact be celebrity chef Guy Fieri.
Look, that’s… not a bad suggestion actually. Seriously, just look.
I mean, he kind of looks like Ursula already when he’s in his natural state so it won’t take much work from the make-up department to get him looking like a purple sea witch. Just slap some purple body paint on and he’s good to go.
Fans began to really dig this idea, so much so that Fieri himself caught wind of what’s going on and gave it a ringing endorsement.
Fieri wasn’t the only celebrity chef whom fans had in mind for a part in The Little Mermaid. Some folks decided to run with the idea and one genius came up with the idea of casting Gordon Ramsay as Prince Eric’s angry chef, Louis.
Look, Fieri was a pretty funny joke but Ramsay? Please let it happen because he would be perfect as that weird cook.
They’re both chefs, both have anger management issues and both have weirdly broad shoulders. It’s perfect. Just stick a fake twirly moustache onto Ramsay’s face and you’re set.
And can you imagine this classic meme but with Sebastian between the slices of bread instead? That alone will be worth the price of admission.
At this point, we couldn’t care less who ends up playing Prince Eric. Just cast celebrity chefs in all the funny supporting parts because that’s an instant win right there.