Oh, you say you’ve gone more than few hours since your last hit of Disney live-action-related news? Well, it’s a good thing we’re here because we have a pretty juicy rumor here regarding the House of Mouse’s Little Mermaid remake.
According to That Hashtag Show, former Disney Channel star and Spider-Man: Homecoming actress Zendaya has been offered the lead role in the live-action remake of the 1988 Disney animated classic. This rumor comes courtesy of “someone close to the studio,” so as with all rumors, take it with a grain of salt. Even if it is true, there is a chance she could turn it down or Disney could rescind the offer.
That being said, there are some interesting implications here. Were she to take the role, this would be quite a different turn in terms of race. Last we saw, Ariel was a white redhead, so going with someone like Zendaya is an interesting move — though the studio also went along with Zendaya taking on MJ in Spider-Man: Homecoming, so it’s not exactly unheard of. This would also imply that we’ll be getting an actor of color taking on the role as Ariel’s father, King Triton.
The Little Mermaid doesn’t have a release date yet, but it does have Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall at the helm, directing from a script written by X-Men: Days of Future Past scribe Jane Goldman. Additionally, the legend Alan Menken and Moana/Hamilton songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda are currently collaborating on the music for the film.
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SOURCE: That Hashtag Show