A fresh new take on one of the beloved characters from the original 1989 animated Disney classic is expected to hit the big screen.
Variety reports that Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina has signed on to the cast of The Little Mermaid remake. The rapper and actress will lend her voice to Disney’s live-action adaptation as Scuttle the seagull.
Alongside her is Wonder’s Jacob Tremblay who will reportedly play flounder the fish. News of the castings surfaced in a Tweet from journalist Kris Tapley who also reported Melissa McCarthy’s possible role as Ursula. The journalist wrote on Twitter:
“With the McCarthy news in, I’ve also heard Jacob Tremblay for Flounder and Awkwafina for Scuttle. #TheLittleMermaid”
Disney has not confirmed reports as of this writing.
Director Rob Marshall (Mary Poppins Returns) is set to helm the live-action Litte Mermaid film. It will feature songs from the original soundtrack together with new music from original composer Alan Menken (Aladdin) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Moana). Miranda is also amongst the film’s producers with Marshall, John DeLuca, and Marc Platt. Scriptwriters are reportedly David Magee and Jane Goldman.
Disney has been remaking their animated classics into live-action adaptation in the last few years. While some features diversions from the original films, others stay true to the source material. Notable remakes include Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Maleficent which will get its own sequel premiering in October this year.
The success of Disney’s live-action remakes isn’t slowing down. The success of Aladdin raked in over $800 million in the international box office. This month, The Lion King is predicted to be a box-office hit as well.