Now We Have Our Ariel, This Is Who We'd Love To See As Prince Eric In The New Little Mermaid

So many great options!

News broke on Thursday that Halle Bailey had been cast in the role of Ariel in Disney’s new live-action version of The Little Mermaid.

The film’s director, Rob Marshall, praised Halle and said that she “possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice” to be the perfect Ariel.

Unsurprisingly, many fans were so excited to see Disney had chosen a black girl to play Ariel with Chrissy Teigen commenting on Halle’s Instagram, “My little [Luna] is gonna see a piece of her in her favorite Disney princess. I cannot wait!!!”

Jordin Sparks also commented, “OMG I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! And for all the little brown girls who will now see themselves as Ariel too!”

This casting announcement has us so excited for who they’ll cast for characters like King Triton (I’m personally hoping for Idris Elba) and Ariel’s sisters, but it also got us thinking about who Disney might cast as Prince Eric.

And, unsurprisingly, the Internet also has a lot of thoughts! Here are some of our favourites…

A lot of great options there for Prince Eric. In terms of other characters, people are very keen to see Idris Elba, Winston Duke or Terry Crews as King Triton and we are all for that – though, Duke is 32 years old so might be a little young!

There’s also been suggestion that Rihanna should play Sebastian – I mean, can you imagine the songs?!

We are so down with that.

The film doesn’t start production until next year, so it looks like we’ll be waiting until at least 2021 before we see the finished movie.

The Little Mermaid Remake Has Potentially Found The Perfect People For Flounder And Scuttle

Isn't it neat?!

Last week it was revealed that Melissa McCarthy is in talks to star as Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Disney’s latest live-action remake. And now it’s been revealed who they have in mind for Flounder and Scuttle – and they’re absolutely perfect!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jacob Tremblay is being considered for Ariel’s bestie Flounder, and Awkwafina has reportedly entered negotiations to play Scuttle the seagull who teaches Ariel everything she knows about human culture and society – most of which is, of course, very wrong.

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Tremblay is best known for his role in the Oscar-winning drama Room and has since appeared in Wonder, The Predator and Good Boys which is out later this year.

Credit: Giphy

Awkwafina has had an amazing few years, starring in Ocean’s Eight and Crazy Rich Asians. She recently landed her first lead role in The Farewell which will be released in the coming months and she’s also starring in Jumanji: The Next Level.

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It looks as though this movie could actually be pretty good if Disney is able to assemble these three stars in the supporting roles.

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Now, they’ll no doubt start working on filling other roles like Ariel, Eric, King Trident and Sebastian.

There have been rumours Spider-Man star Zendaya is in talks to play Ariel in the past – she’s even been rocking red hair as an homage to Mary Jane for the Spider-Man: Far From Home press tour. So, maybe she’ll keep her hair red if she gets the gig?

Rob Marshall will be in the director’s chair for this film and told Entertainment Weekly the movie will follow the same family-friendly interpretation of the Hans Christian Anderson story.

“It’s about a woman finding her voice. A girl finding her voice, actually. And that immediately just felt like an interesting, timely piece that resonated with us.”

Alan Menken, who composed the music for the original movie, will be back to write new music for the remake with Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda will also produce the movie.

In case you need a reminder of all of Disney’s forthcoming live action remakes, here’s every single one they’re working on (some of which will go straight to Disney+):

  1. The Lion King
  2. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (not technically a remake, but whatever.)
  3. Lady and the Tramp
  4. Mulan
  5. Cruella
  6. Lilo and Stitch
  7. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  8. The Little Mermaid
  9. The Sword in the Stone
  10. Pinocchio
  11. Prince Charming
  12. Jungle Book 2
  13. Tink
  14. Peter Pan
  15. Rose Red (a new version of Snow White that will focus on her sister)
  16. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Wow, that’s a LOT of remakes…

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