The latter has recently found its Ariel in the form of 19 year-old US singer Halle Bailey, who apparently was a front-runner from the start.
‘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’, director Rob Marshall said in a statement.
Bailey tweeted ‘dream come true’ on Twitter in response to the news with a picture of how her animated Ariel might look like.
Obviously some idiots complained about the fact that the original Ariel from the 1989 version isn’t black (get with the times) but thankfully many people commented on the significance of a black woman taking on the lead.
And now Brooklyn Nine Nine star Terry Crews has put his name in the hat to play the mermaid’s dad, King Triton.
The 50-year-old took to Twitter days after the reveal, where he posted up an a amazingly Photoshopped picture of himself with a fishtail, holding onto a trident while he swam in front of the kingdom of Atlantica.
In the caption, he posted a mermaid emoji, as he teased: ‘Ariel’s Dad!!!! #ArielsGotTerry #AmericasGotTerry.’
Naturally, fans were here for it.
One wrote: ‘Utter joy. Sheer and utter joy. I’d watch this over one million times. Yes.’
While another added: ‘This needs to happen.’ Someone else commented: ‘I don’t like Disney live-action remakes, but I’ll watch this one if this were to happen.’
Crews has already confirmed that a White Chicks sequel is in the works, but he may face stiff competition for the role as King Triton, as none other than Idris Elba is also being considered, at least by some fans anyway.
Artist BossLogic cooked up a poster featuring the Thor star as the underwater king, and I have to say it’s rather convincing.
I mean either of these guys would be a solid choice in my eyes.
Additionally, BossLogic also put together a mock poster of how Halle might look in the role, placing her in the classic Ariel pose.
Sadly, many fans have criticised the casting of Halle over the colour of her skin, something that’s unbelievable in this day and age.
Actor Todrick Hall has hit back at the ‘racists’ complaining about a black Ariel, pointing out that most white Disney princesses were created when black people were forced to eat in separate parts of restaurants to their white counterparts.
You can check out the post here:
Forget the naysayers – this film is shaping up pretty nicely.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent writer, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over the course of several sex-related articles, bringing a very public shame to his family's good name.