Disney is ON IT with the casting for its live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.
Following the news that the studio has tapped Harry Styles to take on the role of Prince Eric, the DISInsider reports that Javier Bardem is currently in talks to play King Triton.
Usually the bad guy, Bardem is best known for playing roles like assassin Anton Chigurh in No Country For Old Men, Bond villain Raoul Silva in Skyfall and pirate Armando Salazar in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He has received three Academy Award nominations, and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in No Country For Old Men.
Disney’s original animated version of The Little Mermaid, which was released in 1989, follows the story of Ariel, a red-headed mermaid who wishes to be human after falling in love with Prince Eric. She makes a deal with Ursula the sea witch, and trades her voice for legs so that she can live on the shore and earn Eric’s love. The film is loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.
King Triton is Ariel’s merman father who discourages her fixation with humans and forbids her from visiting Prince Eric on land. It is unknown whether or not the remake will stay true to the original character with Bardem’s Triton.
The DISInsider has also reported that the remake will focus more on Ariel’s mother than the animated film. The studio is in the process of casting that role.
Bardem joins a cast made up of Halle Bailey as Ariel, Harry Styles as Prince Eric, Jacob Tremlay (Room, Wonder) as Ariel’s fish friend Flounder, Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8, Crazy Rich Asians) as seagull Scuttle and Melissa McCarthy (Ghostbusters, Bridesmaids) as villain Ursula.
The live-action remake, which doesn’t yet have a release date, is being directed by Rob Marshall from a script by Jane Goldman and David Magee.
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