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Disney Is Ignoring Your Prince Eric Fancasting And Talking To A Former One Direction Member Instead

By Jodi Smith | Industry | July 16, 2019 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | July 16, 2019 |


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.

All of the fan choices were inspired, untethered to a specific ethnicity, and interesting. However, Disney is, uh, gonna go another way, kids.

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.

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

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