Disney is currently developing a live-action remake of its 1989 animated classic The Little Mermaid. Last week, it was reported that Academy Award-nominee Melissa McCarthy was in talks to play the film’s antagonist Ursula and with that news in mind, Disney is reportedly looking at Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina for the roles of Flounder and Scuttle respectively.
Journalist Kristopher Tapley was the first to report this news:
In the original The Little Mermaid film, Flounder, who was Ariel’s best friend, was voiced by Jason Marin while Scuttle the seagull was voiced by Buddy Hackett.
Jacob Tremblay is widely-recognized for his breakthrough role in the critically-acclaimed drama Room, starring alongside Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Jacob Tremblay has since appeared in The Book of Henry, Wonder and The Predator. He will next be seen in the comedy Good Boys and the upcoming Shining sequel Doctor Sleep.
Awkwafina starred in Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians in 2018. Awkwafina will next be seen in the upcoming comedy-drama film The Farewell and will star in Jumanji: The Next Level alongside Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan.
Do you think Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina would be good fits to voice their respective roles if cast in the film? Stay tuned for more updates on The Little Mermaid and other upcoming live-action adaptations from Disney.
The Little Mermaid centered on the princess Ariel, who longed to explore the world beyond the sea. After saving Prince Eric from drowning, Ariel turns to the sea witch Ursula and trades in her voice in order to become a human for the chance to meet the man she rescued.
Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid remake will be directed by Rob Marshall from a script written by David Magee. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken will write new songs for the remake to be included alongside the classic tunes the latter penned for the animated version of The Little Mermaid. In addition to his duties as a songwriter, Lin-Manuel Miranda will serve as an executive producer alongside Rob Marshall, Marc Platt, and John DeLuca.
Disney Unveils New Character Posters For ‘The Lion King’ Remake
Disney released several new character posters for the remake of The Lion King.
Disney's remake The Lion King is next in the studios' line-up of live-action retellings of their animated classics and now several new character posters for the film have been unveiled. These new posters for The Lion King may offer the best look yet at the photo-realistic versions of Simba, Nala, Mufasa, Scar, Timon, Pumbaa, Sarabi, young Simba, young Nala, Sarabi, Rafiki, and Zazu.
Check out the Lion King poster for Simba below and click "next" to view the rest of the gallery!
What do you think of the new posters from Disney? Are you among those who are excited to see the beloved film retold in a realistic setting or do you agree with the others who are growing weary of Disney's live-action remakes? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Here is the official synopsis for The Lion King:
Director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
Directed by Jon Favreau from a script written by Jeff Nathanson, The Lion Kingstars Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.
The Lion King will be released in theaters on July 19, 2019.