Little Mermaid: Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay Up For Roles In Live-Action Film

It looks like Disney is deep into casting for one of their big upcoming live-action films, The Little Mermaid. With Aladdin killing it at the box office and The Lion King ready to set the world aflame later this month, Disney has every expectation that The Little Mermaid  — the very film that set off the Disney Renaissance — will perform just as well as some of their previous outings. Thus…all the casting news.

According to THR, there are two more big talents in talks to join the adventure under the sea. First up is Jacob Tremblay, who most remember from the Oscar darling Room. He’s also in the upcoming comedy Good Boys. Tremblay would reportedly be portraying Flounder, a young fish, and Ariel’s best friend.

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Also in talks for a role is Awkwafina (Ocean’s Eight, Crazy Rich Asians), who would be playing Scuttle, the seagull who gives Ariel all her trinkets from the surface. It’s an interesting stake, as Scuttle is a male character in the original film, but given Awkwafina’s body of work, I think it’s a potentially fitting role.

Helming the adaptation is Rob Marshall, who recently finished Mary Poppins Returns. In talks to play the sea witch Ursula is Melissa McCarthy.

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