Stars have begun filling the sea as Disney preps production for its upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
Courtesy of Variety, the roles of both Ariel, the titular mermaid, and Ursula, the voice-thieving witch, have been cast for the upcoming film. R&B singer Halle Bailey of Chloe x Baliey will slip into the scaly flippers of the iconic princess. Somewhere in darker waters, sources are telling the outlet that Melissa McCarthy is in negotiations to play the charismatic villain. Mouse house talent seekers are reportedly seeking “contemporary and compelling casting choices” that will still pay homage to the animated classic.
The role marks Bailey’s feature film debut. The young up-and-comer previously opened for pop sensation Beyonce during her Lemonade tour. Since then, Bailey and her sister Chloe have signed a deal with Beyonce’s label.
Additionally, Variety is reporting that both Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina have agreed to lend their voices to The Little Mermaid. Tremblay will play Ariel’s fish friend Flounder while Awkwafina is set to take on the role of the eccentric seagull Scuttle.
The Little Mermaid is being directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Mary Poppins Returns). David Magee wrote the screenplay with Jane Goldman having written a previous draft. The reboot is expected to incorporate original songs from the 1989 film as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda is also producing the film along with Marshall, Marc Platt and John DeLuca.
Looks like The Little Mermaid is coming together quickly! Do you expect the film to be a catch? Or do you have reservations regarding these casting choices? Swim on down to the comments below and share your thoughts!