Little Mermaid: Jacob Tremblay & Awkwafina in talks for live-action movie
Jacob Tremblay (Wonder, Doctor Sleep, Good Boys) and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians, Jumanji: The Next Level, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance) are in talks to star in Disney’s Little Mermaid live-action movie adaptation, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Tremblay would play Flounder, Ariel’s best friend, who is a fish, while Awkwafina would play Scuttle, the seagull friend of the red-headed princess. The duo would join Melissa McCarthy in the feature, who is also in talks to play the role of Ursula.
Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall will helm the film which features a script by David Magee (Life of Pi, Mary Poppins Returns). No stranger to musicals, or working for Disney, Marshall was 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.
For their new version of The Little Mermaid, Disney is pairing 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. Miranda and Marshall also worked together on Mary Poppins Returns.
Disney’s animated The Little Mermaid made over $211 million at the box office and became a bestseller on home video, popularizing songs like “Under The Sea” and “Part of Your World.” Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s Danish fairy tale, it tells the story of a 16-year-old mermaid princess named Ariel who longs to be human.
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