Since it was announced that Disney would be creating a live-action version of The Little Mermaid fans have been very interested to see who would fill the roles of their favourite childhood characters.
We know Halle Bailey will star as Ariel and rumour has it Harry Styles will be Prince Eric, Awkwafina will be Scuttle, Jacob Tremblay will be Flounder, Javier Bardem will be King Triton and Melissa McCarthy will be Ursula. But none of those roles, aside from Bailey’s, have been confirmed.
What is somewhat confusing right now is that The Little Mermaid Live, a live show that will air on ABC in the US, is also casting for their musical production.
At the moment we know Moana’s Auli’I Cravalho will star as Ariel, Shaggy will play Sebastian and Queen Latifah will be Ursula.
After the Queen Latifah announcement was made, Variety asked McCarthy about the casting and she began revealing her long-time love of the star.
“I love Queen Latifah so much, I still have my cassette tape of Ladies First. Cassette? Does that date me?
“She can do anything, I’ll be like, both hands on chin watching her.”
When asked if she’d consider an Ursula duet, she very coyly responded, “What do you mean? I don’t know!”
Watch the video here to see the huge smile she offers the camera when answering the question:
Meanwhile, Jacob Tremblay also hinted at his casting in the film on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Jimmy mentioned that he’d heard a rumour about the young actor being cast in the film, to which Jacob cheekily responded, “I’ve also heard the rumours, but my people have told me it’s down to me and Harry Styles for the role of Prince Eric.”
Jimmy then added that he’d actually heard that Jacob was in the running to be Flounder.
“Listen, Jimmy. It’s like… Harry Styles, he’s a good looking dude and he’s got some talent, but I don’t know if he can bring the acting chops and singing chops that I can bring to the table,” Jacob said.
Jimmy then joked that it’s obviously a tight race and that it’s up in the air about whether he will land the role of Eric or Flounder.
The film is being directed by Rob Marshall and will feature the classic songs we love as well as new ones written by the original composer Alan Menken with help from Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The film is believed to be shooting in early 2020.