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Disney May Have Found Their Sebastian For The Little Mermaid Reboot And He Can Totes Belt Out A Tune

He'd be amazing!

We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs with Disney’s new reboot of The Little Mermaid – yes, we had our hopes up that Harry Styles would take the role of Prince Eric and were then left heartbroken when he turned the role down. But it looks like the production may have found their Sebastian in Hamilton star Daveed Diggs.

Variety reports Diggs is in talks to play Sebastian but hasn’t formally accepted the role at this stage.

This is the first piece of casting news for Sebastian and with Diggs’ singing and rapping skills, he could be the perfect person for the role.

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It probably also helps that Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda will be producing the film and composing new songs – maybe they’ll even write a full Sebastian rap song?!

Miranda is such a huge fan of The Little Mermaid he even named his son Sebastian after the character.

Diggs has had a very busy few years, he recently starred in Velvet Buzzsaw, Black-ish, Wonder, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Get Down to name a few.

Halle Bailey is attached to play Ariel, while Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are set to star as Flounder and Scuttle, respectively.

Variety also reports Melissa McCarthy will definitely be playing Ursula and Javier Bardem will play King Triton.

As for Prince Eric, the most recent report from Deadline revealed actors Cameron Cuffe and Jonah Hauer-King recently tested for the role with director Rob Marshall.

Production is set to start early next year so no doubt we’ll get some solid casting announcements soon.

Not Even Elizabeth Olsen Noticed This WandaVision Poster Easter Egg

Did you see it?

WandaVision star Elizabeth Olsen didn’t notice the Easter egg hidden in the show’s first poster until it was pointed out to her on live TV – to be fair, I totally hadn’t noticed it either!

The actress, who plays villain-turned-Avenger Wanda Maximoff AKA Scarlet Witch in the MCU will be playing the character in a small screen project for Disney+ alongside Paul Bettany, who plays Android Vision.

While we don’t know much about the show – it doesn’t release until early 2021 after all – it’s confirmed that it will take place after Avengers: Endgame and will connect with Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, because Wanda will appear in that movie.

So, we’ll have to wait and see what it’s really about, but Marvel did hide a little Easter egg in the first piece of marketing material for the show and Olsen didn’t even notice it.

While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote the second season of Sorry For Your Loss, Kimmel showed Olsen the poster for WandaVision, pointing out that in the far left of the poster, there’s a shadow of the title characters with Wanda seemingly wearing the headpiece that the character wears in the comics.

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The actress said, “I’m so happy you pointed that out, I didn’t notice that.”

Good to know Marvel keeps their cast across everything!

Kimmel asked what she knew about the show and she told him she didn’t actually know what she was allowed to say.

“When I found out about it, they had Paul and I come in at different times into [Kevin Feige’s] office, and it felt like being called into the principal’s office.”

“I thought I got in trouble saying something about Infinity War or something at the time. And it’s kind of his creation, the show, it’s an idea he conceived,” she added.

Kimmel responded, “If he conceived it, it’s going to be good.”

“It’s pretty great… I know a lot about it,” Olsen told him cheekily.

When Olsen first appeared as Wanda in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the topic of whether she’d wear the same costume from the comics was a controversial topic. The actress recalled that Joss Whedon told her she wouldn’t be wearing the revealing outfit that the character wears in the comics for Age of Ultron.

Credit: Marvel

Olsen has played the character four times and has never worn anything similar to the outfit displayed in the comics, but perhaps that will change in WandaVision?

Wanda has yet to show how truly powerful she is in the MCU and what’s most interesting about WandaVision is that it’s been described quite strangely as, “Half classic sitcom, half MCU spectacular”.

Kat Dennings’ Darcy Lewis from Thor and Thor: The Dark World, Randall Park as Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man and the Wasp and Teyonah Parris as the adult version of Monica Rambeau will also appear in the show.

ScreenRant has some ideas for how the show will take a turn, “The realm of exaggerated ‘50s wholesomeness may have been created by the unstable combination of [Wanda’s] emotional volatility after seeing her love killed and the potentially reality warping powers she wields. Such a setup can only end with a tragic return to reality.”

Now, that makes sense!

Disney May Have Found The Little Mermaid's Prince Eric In One Of These Two Unknown Actors

What do you think?

It was a heartbreaking day when we found out Harry Styles had turned down the role of Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action reboot of The Little Mermaid.

Now, two fairly unknown actors have tested for the role with director Rob Marshall, so we may be closer to finding out who our Eric is!

Deadline reports actors Cameron Cuffe and Jonah Hauer-King were at Pinewood Studios in London on Monday with Marshall with no word yet on whether one of those tests landed either actor ahead of the other.

Cuffe recently starred in Florence Foster Jenkins and played the role of Superman’s grandfather Seg-El in Krypton. Hauer-King has a few more credits to his name and recently starred in A Dog’s Way Home.

They both certainly have the look for Prince Eric:

Prince Eric doesn’t sing in the original Disney film, but had the role gone to Styles we wonder if it would have been written in.

Speaking to The Face, Styles revealed he wanted to focus on music and that’s why he turned the role down.

“I want to put music out and focus on that for a while. But every­one involved in it was amaz­ing, so I think it’s going to be great. I’ll enjoy watch­ing it, I’m sure.”

He was also keen to star as Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic, but the role went to Austin Butler in the end.

13 Reasons Why star Christian Navarro has also auditioned for the role, but it’s unclear if he made it to the same stage as Cuffe and Hauer-King.

According to Deadline there’s still a large pool of actors in the mix for the role, so it won’t necessarily come down to Cuffe and Hauer-King.

Whoever does land the role will be starring alongside Halle Bailey as Ariel, Awkwafina as Scuttle and Jacob Tremblay as Flounder. Javier Bardem is expected to star as King Triton and Melissa McCarthy is rumoured for Ursula.

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