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Discussion in 'Movies' started by Jake Lipson, Dec 6, 2017.
Nope. I couldn't get excited about it (still can't even though it comes recommended).
Deadline also says this:
If he got close to starring in a Baz Luhrmann Elvis biopic, that also says something about his talent, because that's an even bigger role than Eric will be. He wouldn't have been able to seriously contend for that if he wasn't talented.
The inter-racial romance is great and I hope we get to the point where we hardly notice.
I think it's designed for us to notice. Triton (who will presumably be black) forbidding Ariel to be with a white guy is going to take on an extra contextual dimension that it didn't have in the animated version where Ariel and Eric are both white, and they'd be foolish not to use that in the storytelling. They need to lean into the cultural differences and how Ariel and Eric bridge that gap.
I hope so too. Kinda like how a Chinese-American woman is taking a role originally played by a white male and no one has said a negative word about it.
I will complain that that series should run another 5 years.
I think the difference between two different species is big enough. The cultural differences could be between down below and up above. Of course, maybe that would be a metaphor for our society today. This brings to mind the question was the script locked down when she was cast and did the script required a black Ariel or is it just color blind casting?
Obviously, we don't really know, but I suspect the latter. That doesn't mean they can't use the racial element to the movie's advantage, which I think they absolutely should.
Surprise! Javier Bardem is in talks for King Triton:
I expected Idris Elba, but Javier Bardem is fantastic too.
Assuming that all the people in talks close their deals, the cast currently stands as:
Hailee Bailey as Ariel
Harry Styles as Eric
Melissa McCarthy as Ursula
Javier Bardem as King Triton
Jacob Tremblay as Flounder
Awkwafina as Scuttle
This leaves the following roles TBA:
Sebastian [I strongly suspect Lin-Manuel Miranda will do this, but that's never been made official]
Louis, the chef
Flotssam and Jetsam
All of Ariel's sisters
Eric's staff Grimsby and Carlotta [I think Carlotta should absolutely be Jodi Benson]
Melissa McCarthy on Jimmy Kimmel Live mentioning The Little Mermaid:
Harry Styles has "respectfully declined" Disney's offer to play Prince Eric:
The timing of this is interesting. I have no official confirmation of this, but I suspect that Disney wants to bring out the cast and make an announcement of the release date at their D23 Expo next weekend (August 23-25.) With Styles passing now, will they have time to recast Eric before the convention? They might have to bring out the rest of the cast and add him later, unless they have a very clear second choice who is willing to get their deal done quickly.
A lot of possibilities for when the announcement comes, but I agree: D23 is probably when it will happen. There is a secret project panel on Saturday and rumor has it no one has accurately guessed what it's about...that could be Little Mermaid-centric. Also, there's a Little Mermaid 30th pane on Sunday...that could be where it's revealed...if D23 is gonna be the place, that is.
I am going to be doing everything I can to get into that Secret Panel, regardless of what it is.