Sorry Terry Crews looks like you’ll have to step aside from King Triton’s role and make way for Javier Bardem.
Disney is reportedly in talks with the multi-awarded actor to play Ariel’s father in The Little Mermaid live-action adaptation. If a deal is struck, the actor would join a star-studded line up of cast that includes Halle Bailey as Ariel, Awkwafina as Scuttle and possibly Harry Styles as Prince Eric.
The exciting news is confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter. According to the entertainment news source, Melissa McCarthy is also on board to play the villain Ursula.
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This would not be Bardem’s first Disney venture. The actor played the role of Captain Armando Salazar, the villain in the 5th installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise. The acclaimed actor has been recognized for his performances by the Academy Awards, BAFTA, Cannes, Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, and the Independent Spirit Awards.
The actor will next be seen in 2020’s Dune along with young actor Timothée Chalamet. It will be a high-budget adaptation of the classic science fiction novel of the same name by Frank Herbert.
Bardem won a best supporting actor Oscar for 2007’s No Country for Old Men. He will appear in next year’s Dune, Denis Villeneuve’s big-budget adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel. Bardem is repped by WME.
The Little Mermaid remake will be under director Rob Marshall. Music from the original 1989 animated classic will be updated by Alan Menken while a new song will be expected from executive producer Lin-Manuel Miranda.