Disney’s Under the Sea remake is building momentum.
Recently, we shared news of a possible casting choice in the upcoming The Little Mermaid live-action remake. Since that dropped, even more controversy has hit the project.
Disney recently announced that the title role of Ariel, the little mermaid, would be played by Halle Bailey. Bailey, an African-American R&B artist, caused a stir with the announcement creating discourse about the proper way the princess should be portrayed.
In the animated film, Ariel was drawn as a fair-skinned teen with a wealth of red hair. It became iconic to the film and the role. So, Disney fans were upset at the recast. It’s all opinion and perspective at this point, as filming hasn’t even begun. So, there’s no end product for critics to evaluate objectively.
The best thing that’s come out of this kerfuffle is Terry Crews. Almost immediately after the announcement was made, an unofficial social media campaign began.
Ariel’s father, in the original film, is an unrealistically buff merman. So unrealistic, that it could only exist in animated form. Until Terry Crews. His physique seems a perfect match for the patriarch, and he is fully on board to accept the role…
And it didn’t stop there….
Crews has built his resume quickly in the past few years. He went from action/comedy star, to TV host, and now he’s vying for Disney’s attention. He has a great rapport with fans, and isn’t afraid to laugh at himself.
While there is no definitive release date, The Little Mermaid is starting to take shape. Casting, filming, and teaser trailers are all on the horizon. Original composer, Alan Menken was just posting today about his time spent working with Lin-Manuel Miranda on the new score. Fans will, hopefully, soon learn of more casting choices as the year continues.