Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Terry Crews wants to make a splash in the world of Disney and stick on a fin to play King Triton in the House of Mouse’s remake of The Little Mermaid. Hoping to like it better, down where it’s wetter, the star has officially thrown his hat into the ring to play the father of the titular little mermaid.
Best-known for his role as the muscular Terry Jeffords in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Crews has also made a name for himself by hosting America’s Got Talent and in movies like Idiocracy, the Expendables franchise, and (of course) White Chicks. The Little Mermaid recently caused a stir with the casting of Halle Bailey as Ariel and the creation of #NotMyAriel on social media.
Given Bailey’s African American heritage, some called out the studio for moving away from the Caucasian and red-haired Ariel from the 1989 cartoon. However, at least using a black actor opens the door to a whole host of new casting when it comes to King Triton.
Posting on Instagram, Crews shared fan art of him wearing a tail, carrying a trident, and bobbing outside Triton’s castle. The 50-year-old wrote, “Ariel’s Dad!! HEAR ME OUT!! 🧜♀️ #ArielsGotTerry#AmericasGotTerry””
Crews could have a busy schedule though. Only last week, the Ebony Falcon confirmed White Chicks 2 is officially in development. During a segment on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, when asked about whether or not the popular film would be getting a second addition, Terry responded: “I actually got with Shawn (Wayans) and he was like ‘Man we doing it, we’re getting it going,’” he said. “15 years ago as of this month! I’m staying in shape just for this movie.”
Im 100% ready to see the Wayan brothers back in action, and this time they might even include SO many more cameos. Earlier this year, Marlon, too, predicted that a White Chicks sequel could be in the cards. He told MTV at the time: “There’s been some rumblings happening, and a lot of people want us to do it, so me and my brothers have been talking,” (ICYDN: Marlon and Shawn’s older brother, Keenan Ivory Wayans, directed the original).
Elsewhere, Crazy Rich Asians‘ Awkwafina, The Predator‘s Jacob Tremblay, and Bridesmaids‘ Melissa McCarthy have all been linked to respective roles as Scuttle, Flounder, and Ursula. There’s definitely a diverse cast of stars coming to The Little Mermaid, which fits with the upcoming release of The Lion King.
As The Little Mermaid rounds off its all-star cast, we’ll have to wait and see whether the rumours of Crews are just a drop in the ocean or whether the star can make a ‘Titanic’ impact on Disney’s live-action adaptation.
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