Disney has reeled in another winner.

Per Deadline, Oscar-winner Javier Bardem is in talks to join the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid as King Triton, the father of Ariel, who is being played by R&B singer Halle Bailey. Bardem is the latest addition to a cast already composed of One Direction’s Harry Styles, Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina.

The film is being directed by Rob Marshall from a script written by David Magee. The two previously collaborated on Mary Poppins Returns, also for Disney. Individually, Marshall was nominated for Best Director for Chicago. Likewise, Magee has twice been nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Life of Pi and Finding Neverland.

Original Little Mermaid composer Alan Menken is back writing new music and will craft the lyrics with Miranda.

The addition of Bardem is a smart one. Obviously any film would benefit from the man’s on-screen magnetism, but the last couple casting announcements around The Little Mermaid have largely spoken to Marshall’s focus on music. Bringing in a veteran like Bardem will only bring out the best in everyone else.

What do you make of this news? Does the likely addition of Javier Bardem do anything for you? Or maybe you’re burnt out on these live-action Disney remakes? Swim down to the comments below and share your thoughts!


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