Disney’s dive into the Seven Seas is getting a little more star power as it looks like the live-action version of The Little Mermaid just found its Sebastian. While we already know Halle Bailey is sticking on a tail to play the titular Ariel, there’s been a slow trickle of news when it comes to the supporting cast.
As Melissa McCarthy continues to circle the role of the villainous Ursuala, Hamilton legend Daveed Diggs is being linked to playing the ‘crabby’ Sebastian. Heading back to Ron Clements and John Musker’s 1989 animated classic, Sebastian was voiced by Samuel E. Wright.
According to The Wrap, Rob Marshall’s movie wants Diggs to play Ariel’s stoic sidekick. Given that Sebastian is responsible for huge musical numbers like “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl”, his casting is one of the movie’s most crucial.
Elsewhere, Javier Bardem is the hot tip to play King Triton. Despite his campaigning, it doesn’t look like Terry Crews to stick on the crown as the underwater kingdom’s fiery leader. Finally, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are expected to take a dip as Flounder and Scuttle.
Earlier this year, the internet exploded when Harry Styles was confirmed as Prince Eric. However, the rumours were quickly quashed and we STILL don’t really know what’s going on with the movie’s leading lad.
The Little Mermaid has already come under fire for casting a black actor like Berry in the titular role. Sadly, this ‘poor unfortunate soul’ has faced the trolls of the internet online. Still, it wasn’t exactly a secret that Disney was touting a black actor to play the soulful Ariel. Aside from Bailey, Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s Zendaya was also at the top of the casting list.
To be honest, I’m not surprised that even in 2019, people have a problem with a black version of Ariel. Of course, someone started a #notmyariel:
Well I’m not a racist but if they are making a live action movie i’d like to see the character as the way they are. So she is #notmyariel— Artemis Iero (@imnatashabarnes) July 3, 2019
And don’t worry I’m definetly not gonna watch this. pic.twitter.com/JOsPMOYFu8
For people who say a black person can’t play a redhead, I present to you my fully African-American little brother who is a natural redhead. Care closed. Can’t wait to see the movie @chloexhalle 😅😂 #ariel #notmyariel pic.twitter.com/R8oKJ7Vnou— DΞZ L. King (@dezlking) July 4, 2019
Sebastian’s casting is also an interesting one considering the character’s controversial history. Similar to how some called out the racial stereotypes sometimes attached to The Lion King‘s hyenas, others claim Sebastian’s Jamaican jibes are too much.
Given that Wright won the Academy Award for Best Original Song with “Under the Sea”, Diggs (or whoever lands the role) has some big shells to fill.
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