As is par for the course, there have pretty much been several rumors surrounding Disney’s upcoming live-action film, The Little Mermaid. Two of the main ones revolve around the casting of the main lead, Ariel, and the big bad, Ursula. Zendaya is the one who we reported being rumored to take on the sea-dwelling princess, but is this actually the case?
MTV sat down with Zendaya herself, and when it was brought up, the actress was quick to call the rumors what they are.
“Rumor, just a rumor. For now.”
Oh, boy, there we go. Typical actor playing coy here. If nothing else, while this may be a casting rumor more than casting fact, her saying “for now” seems to hint at the fact that she’s at least interested in taking on the role.
“We’ll see,” Zendaya said with a shrug to the camera when asked if she’d be open to taking on the role. Like any good businessperson, she’s not closing any doors, but also not lending any validation to any hearsay that’s made its way across the web. Mark Ruffalo could certainly learn a few things from her.
As far as whether or not she’d be a good fit for the role, her vocal and acting chops both make her a likely contender, but I’d be more interested in reading the script for the film, as I couldn’t imagine her taking on the character as originally conceived in the animated film. They’d need to make some big changes for sure, which isn’t exactly out of the question.
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