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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.

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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…

Awkwafina Is Here To Make You Cry With Her First Lead Role In The Farewell

It looks seriously good.

Awkwafina is one of the funniest women onscreen at the moment and after roles in Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean’s 8, things are only looking up for the 29-year-old.

Now, the actress, born Nora Lumm, is ready to make us cry with her first lead role in The Farewell.

The film first premiered at Sundance to rave reviews and will be released in July this year.

The Farewell sees Awkwafina as Billi, a woman raised in the US, but born in China, who finds out during a trip back east that her grandmother has cancer, but her family is hiding that fact from her.

The family gathers from all over the world under the guise of a cousin’s wedding so they can say their goodbyes.

Lulu Wang, who directed and wrote the script, went through something similar when her family tried to conceal her grandmother’s lung cancer diagnosis from her.

The film marks Awkwafina’s first lead role and foray into drama, the actress told Refinery29 last year the subject hit close to home as her grandmother was a large part of her life growing up.

“The universe kind of rained it on down. I went to China — I hadn’t been there since I was 19 — and I just remember thinking: ‘I want my grandma to see this movie,’ and it’s the same thought I had with Crazy Rich Asians. I’ve done mostly comedy — I had never cried as an actress. I literally didn’t think I was capable of crying.”

She jokingly added:

“I kind of compare crying in scenes to keeping up a boner — sorry to bring it there,” she said. “You have a boner, you cry, but you can’t force it back. There comes a window, where ‘No, it’s gone, I can’t do it anymore.’”

Watch the trailer here:

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