Disney’s Little Mermaid live-action remake is eyeing two huge stars for lead roles. Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are currently in talks to star according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Tremblay would play/voice Flounder- Ariel’s best friend, while Awkwafina would play/voice Scuttle – the other best friend of Ariel who is a Seagull. Tremblay is best known for his roles in Wonder, Room, and Doctor Sleep. Awkwafina is best known for roles in Crazy Rich Asians, Ocean’s 8, and the upcoming adaptation The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The duo would join Melissa McCarthy in the feature, who is also in talks to play the role of Ursula.
Rob Marshall is directing the film, who has previously worked on Mary Poppins Returns. He was previously nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for his feature film debut, Chicago. Since then, he’s helmed the likes of Memoirs of a Geisha and Nine. Marshall has also made his last three films at Disney, including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Into the Woods, and the Poppins sequel. The upcoming Little Mermaid adaptation seems to be in good hands with Marshall.
The best part of the adaptation so far is that Disney has brought on Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken to create a blend of old and new songs that will be featured in the upcoming big screen version.
There is currently no release date for the live-action remake but as they move forward with casting, an announcement should be forthcoming.