Terry Crews Has Nominated Himself To Play King Triton In Disney’s Live-Action ‘Little Mermaid’ Film

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, Film
Published 08.07.19

Terry Crews Has Nominated Himself To Play King Triton In Disney’s Live-Action Little Mermaid

Disney are all up in my news feed at the moment, what with their Mulan trailer and recent casting announcement for the upcoming Little Mermaid reboot.

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.

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Message to all you “NON-RACISTS” out there covering their racism by pretending to be hair color purists. I know that my opinion is going to be swayed because I'm African American but I just have to say that as a HUGE Disney fan I always wished that there was more representation of not just black people but any other race. I think it was problematic for EVERY single Disney princess to be white to begin with but when Aurora, Snow White & Cinderella were created we were still having to eat in separate parts of restaurants. Art should reflect the times and If white people get Elsa, Anna, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Merida (who also has red hair), Snow White, Belle, Ariel & Rapunzel it seems a bit entitled to compare the fact there is one princess for Native Americans, blacks and asians is enough. And we all know that the Princess and the Frog was nothing in comparison to those classic movies that were made with Disney's all star Dream Team. And also the one black Princess WAS A FROG THE WHOLE FUCKING MOVIE. Also, she's a mermaid and it's 2019…If they can CGI Margot Robbie's face onto an Olympic figure skater's rotating body, I think they can handle giving a black girl red hair. It could actually be beautiful, but either way, that seems like such a small detail to harp on. I know it's probably a hard concept to grasp, but this is how minorities have felt for the past thousand years and we've just had to deal with it. Fun fact for you also, There are over 60 Disney animated films and only 8 of them STAR people of any other race than white The Jungle book, Moana, Coco, Princess & the Frog, Pocahontas, Mulan, Aladdin, Lilo & Stitch so in the words of my good friend Taylor Swift…you need to calm down. If they were to all of a sudden decide to do Cinderella and cast a man as Cinderella and have a gay prince, it would be ridiculous for people to fight and try to compare the representation because there has NEVER BEEN A GAY PRINCE. People were mad that Brandy was cast as Cinderella and guess what? She was great and the world moved on. I think we can give Halle Bailey a shot at finally being part of “your world” you RACISTS. ALSO, can I be Sebastian 🦀 Thanx bye

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Forget the naysayers – this film is shaping up pretty nicely.

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