Update (10/8/19): Looks like Hamilton alum Daveed Diggs is the next big star set to go under the sea in Disney’s live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
According to Variety, actor Daveed Diggs is currently in final negotiations to lend his voice to Ariel’s (Halle Bailey) faithful (yet fretful) crustacean pal.
Diggs joins a star-studded cast which includes the likes of Awkwafina (Scuttle), Melissa McCarthy (Ursula), Javier Bardem (King Triton), and Jacob Tremblay (Flounder).
The film will mark a bit of a reunion for Tremblay and Diggs specifically. Previously the actors played teacher and pupil in the 2017 family drama, Wonder.
Tremblay isn’t the only star Diggs will find himself re-teaming with on The Little Mermaid.
Also signed on to help bring the Disney animated classic to life is none other than Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda.
As Disney fans who’ve been following production news closely might know, Miranda has been working with original Little Mermaid composer Alan Menken on new songs for the live action adaptation.
Starring Halle Bailey as Ariel, there’s currently no word on when we can expect to see the film hit theaters.
Brush up on all of the previous Little Mermaid casting details below!
Update (7/17/19):Disney’s live action The Little Mermaid may have just found its King Triton.
Things are heating up as far as casting goes with regards to Disney’s next live-action endeavor. Now, we’re learning that the studio may be closing in on their choice to play Princess Ariel’s incredibly strict father.
According to Deadline, actor Javier Bardem is officially in talks to join the cast of the upcoming live-action adaptation as King Triton himself.
The casting rumor comes hot on the heels of yesterday’s big news that Prince Eric could be played by none other than Harry Styles himself.
Update (7/16/19): Here’s some news that’s sure to excite everyone: Former One Directioner Harry Styles is in talks to star in The Little Mermaid as Prince Eric.
The singer/songwriter, who became a solo artist in May 2017 with his self-titled album, would star opposite Halle Bailey, who’ll play Ariel. Styles obviously has some impressive vocals chops of his own and would definitely elevate the film.
Like many of Disney’s live-action remakes, The Little Mermaid is shaping up to have an impressive cast. Check out other recent hires below.
Update (7/3/19): Casting for this movie is happening quickly now. Disney has announced who’ll play Ariel in their live-action Little Mermaid!
Ariel will be played by Halle Bailey, Disney announced Wednesday. Said director Rob Marshall, “After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role.”
The actress worked with Disney on the soundtrack for A Wrinkle in Time and had a role in Grown-ish. She’s also a part of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle.
A clip shared to social media shows some incredible singing chops:
Halle Bailey as Ariel for the live-action of Little Mermaid is the best casting! she has the perfect voice for a Disney Princess. pic.twitter.com/XK9Wjb9nmr
— c (@chuuzus) July 3, 2019
The studio says more casting announcements will be made in the weeks ahead.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Room star Jacob Tremblay and Crazy Rich Asians actress Awkwafina are officially in talks to join the cast of Disney’s upcoming live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
Both Tremblay and Awkwafina would find themselves bringing two of Ariel’s beloved sidekicks to life. For Tremblay that would mean voicing Ariel’s loyal pal Flounder. As for Awkwafina, she would be lending her voice to Scuttle the seagull.
Both actors are the latest notable names to be linked to director Mary Poppins Returns helmer Rob Marshall’s upcoming adaptation of the 1989 Disney animated classic.
Just last week we heard word that Melissa McCarthy was officially in talks to assume the role of the evil, voice stealing sea witch herself, Ursula.
It definitely sounds as though the cast of Disney’s upcoming live action The Little Mermaid is coming together quite quickly. That being said, there are still tons of major roles yet to be cast.
We’ll be curious to find out more about who gets tapped to help bring one of Disney’s most beloved films to life!
Original Story (6/28/19): Melissa McCarthy might be gearing up to play one of the most notorious villains in Disney history.
According to Variety, actress Melissa McCarthy is currently in talks to join the cast of Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
If she signs on, McCarthy would find herself squaring off on the silver screen against Ariel herself as the evil sea witch Ursula.
As it stands, McCarthy is the first name we’ve heard with regards to who will be tapped to bring The Little Mermaid to life. With McCarthy rumored to be joining the cast, we’re sure it’s only a matter of time before more casting news comes out with regards to the live action adaptation.
As with Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, the plan is for the live action Little Mermaid to feature songs from the 1989 animated classic.
Famed composer Alan Menken, who created the music for the original animated feature, is on board to return to help out with the music for Disney’s adaptation.
Lin-Manuel Miranda (who recently starred in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns) is also on board to help out with the music for the forthcoming live action adaptation.
The Hamilton creator will be working alongside Menken to write a few new songs, which will be incorporated alongside the originals in the forthcoming film.
Directed by Mary Poppins Returns helmer Rob Marshall, there’s currently no word on when we can expect Disney’s live action The Little Mermaid to make its way to the big screen.
As for Melissa McCarthy, coming up next fans can catch her starring opposite Girl’s Trip star Tiffany Haddish and The Handmaid’s Tale’s Elisabeth Moss in The Kitchen.
The action crime drama is set to hit theaters later on this summer on August 9.