When news hit that Halle Bailey won the role of Princess Ariel in Disney’s latest live-action remake of their classic animation, racists lost their tiny little minds. People that understand diversity is a good thing and mermaids can be any ethnicity ever (because they aren’t real) put their mind to more useful endeavors. Namely the actor that should play Prince Eric in the new movie.
Everybody shut up Kekoa Kekumano, 21 years old, shud play prince Eric pic.twitter.com/tOcaCrOtyJ— commissions open 🍑 (@porkironandwine) July 8, 2019
Hear me out. Jacob Batalon as Prince Eric. He's cute as hell, charismatic, and I can imagine him wistfully gazing out over the lonely ocean, haunted by a dream of a voice. #littlemermaid pic.twitter.com/FF2hJzuuYv— b.andherbooks (@bandherbooks) July 9, 2019
okay hear me out— ankita 🏳️🌈 (@stateofswixft) July 7, 2019
tessa thompson as prince eric pic.twitter.com/uCWFCeWv4h
All of the fan choices were inspired, untethered to a specific ethnicity, and interesting. However, Disney is, uh, gonna go another way, kids.
Go on and kiss the girl, @Harry_Styles. The singer-turned-actor is in early negotiations to play Prince Eric in #Disney’s live-action remake of #TheLittleMermaid https://t.co/QpLrspDwaP pic.twitter.com/lza7npBI4O— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 16, 2019
UGH. Disney is in talks with Awkwafina to play Scuttle the seagull and Jacob Tremblay to voice Flounder. Lin-Manuel Miranda is writing songs with Alan Menken, the man behind the animated film’s beloved music. Melissa McCarthy might be our Ursula the Sea Witch (and I’m not mad about it) and the best Disney could do for Prince Eric is Harry Styles? He’s so predictable and boring as a choice for a movie that hasn’t been either up to this point.
Now they have to fix this by snagging some actual interesting people to play Flotsam and Jetsam and inking a deal with Terry Crews to put on King Triton’s crown. Get on that, Disney.
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