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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.
Cameron Cuffe and Jonah Hauer-King are testing for the role of Eric:
Daveed Diggs, who won a Tony for Hamilton and co-wrote and starred in the terrific movie Blindspotting last year, is in talks to play Sebastian.
I'm all good with this. I expected Lin-Manuel Miranda (who is producing the movie and writing lyrics for the new songs) would want to play Sebastian himself, because the original is one of his favorite movies and he named his son after the character, so I'm surprised it's not him. But Diggs is an absolutely phenomenal choice, and I can't wait to hear him in this role.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with him, here he is as lead singer of "What'd I Miss" from Hamilton as Thomas Jefferson.
Jonah Hauer-King is Prince Eric:
Here's Jonah Hauer-King performing Hallelujah.
We know Alan Menken is writing new music for the movie with lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I expect one of their goals is to give Eric a song, which of course he didn't have in the original film
As an aside, based on historical precedent, it does not seem like the new movie will use any of Eric's songs added for the Broadway musical, which haven't been used in the previous remakes. Also, those lyrics were by Glenn Slater, and he has not been attached to this film. So I think Menken and Miranda will give Hauer-King something new.
So I'm glad to hear this. I think he's pretty good.
Also, Entertainment Weekly has more information on him and his previous credits;
I just noticed that Lin-Manuel Miranda (who is writing lyrics for the new songs in the remake) tweeted this last week. (Vanessa is his wife.)
The big takeaway here is that King Triton will now have a song. He doesn't sing at all in the original, so giving him something to sing is a natural extension.