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Halle Bailey's On-Screen Father Will Be Played By Javier Bardem In 'Little Mermaid' - Will Folks Be Here For It?

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The Little Mermaid cast is shaping up, but will folks be here for it? Get the latest movie developments inside...

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Disney's Little Mermaid live action film is shaping up! After it was announced that singer Halle Bailey landed the role of Ariel, the film has reportedly found her father, King Triton.

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Spanish actor Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks to play King Triton in the Little Mermaid remake. If the deal gets signed, he'll join Halle Bailey as Ariel, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, and Awkwafina as Scuttle. It'll be his second time starring in a Disney film after he played Armando Salazar in 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Hmm...will folks be here for it?

It's reported the production team is looking at Melissa McCarthy to play the main villain, Ursula, while Harry Styles is now reportedly in negotiations to play Prince Eric. We wonder who will bring the animated crab Sebastian to life. It def needs to be someone with flavor.

Oh, and get this: The live action film will supposedly add a new plot twist to the original storyline. Deadline confirms the remake will focus more on Ariel's relationship with her mother - who wasn't even in the original movie. The role of Ariel's mother is in the process of being casted and we're anxious to see who they choose to play that role. It'll be interesting to see how the movie's dynamic will shift with the new addition of Ariel's mother.

As you know, controversy ensued after it was announced the "Grown-ish" star would be playing Ariel. Trolls started petitions begging Disney to consider casting another Ariel solely based on her skin color. Disney's Freeform shared an "Open letter to the Poor, Unfortunate Souls" on their Instagram to address the haters.

 

 

The Little Mermaid remake is being directed by Rob Marshall. The official release date hasn't been assigned yet, but production is expected to begin at the beginning of 2020.

Who would you like to see play Ariel's mom in the Little Mermaid remake?

Photo: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com

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