As if you didn't know, casting for Disney's upcoming live-action remake of their classic 1989 animated movie The Little Mermaid is underway with recent addition Halle Bailey as Ariel. Awkwafina as Scuttle, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, and Jacob Tremblay as Flounder have all been discussed but aren't currently confirmed. Today we have word that Terry Crews and Guy Fieri want to throw their hats into the underwater ring as well for the roles of King Triton and Ursula the Sea Witch.
You can go ahead and check out both Terry Crews' and Guy Fieri's Twitter posts below if you don't believe me!
While sadly Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives host Guy Fieri is joking about his casting as Ursula, I genuinely think The Ridiculous 6 and Sorry to Bother You star Terry Crews would make a killer King Triton. If, you know, The Dark Tower and Hobbs & Shaw actor Idris Elba isn't up for the part. But let's get back to the super-serious subject of Guy Fieri snagging a role in this new version of The Little Mermaid for a minute. While the role of Ursula seems to be taken by Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters: Answer the Call actress Melissa McCarthy, I see no reason whatsoever that Fieri couldn't snag up the role of Prince Eric's angry personal chef, Chef "Les Poissons" Louis. You know the one. Sounds like good (enough) casting to me! Gordon Ramsay and Giada De Laurentiis could work as well.
Mary Poppins Returns and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall is set to take the helm of this live-action version of The Little Mermaid. He will do so from a screenplay written by Jane Goldman (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, The Woman in Black) and David Magee (Mary Poppins Returns, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. So far we know that the movie will feature Grown-ish and Chloe x Halle star Halle Bailey as Ariel. Rumored casting includes Jumanji: The Next Level and The Angry Birds Movie 2 breakout Awkwafina as Scuttle, Can You Ever Forgive Me? and The Happytime Murders star Melissa McCarthy as Ursula and Good Boys and Before I Wake young actor Jacob Tremblay as Flounder.
Meanwhile, the original 1989 animated classic featured the voice work of actress Jodi Benson as Ariel and Ursula's human alter-ego, Vanessa, along with Christopher Daniel Barnes as Prince Eric, Pat Carroll as Ursula, Samuel E Wright as Sebastian, and Jason Marin as Flounder. Kenneth Mars joined them as the voice of King Triton, along with Buddy Hackett as Scuttle, Paddi Edwards as Flotsam and Jetsam, Ben Wright as Grimsby, and René Auberjonois as the above-mentioned Chef Louis. Aladdin and The Great Mouse Detective directors Ron Clements and John Musker took the helm of the original underwater adventure and Musker also produced along with Howard Ashman. Alan Menken provided the classic animated movie with its music while Mark Hester edited it all together. Buena Vista Pictures released The Little Mermaid into a theater near you back on November 17, 1989. The $40 million animated motion picture managed to snag a stellar $233 million at the box-office back in 1989. Not too shabby. These fun casting updates come to us from Terry Crews on Twitter alongside Guy Fieri..