It was announced last month that The Bling Ring director Sofia Coppola would helm the live-action version of fairytale classic, The Little Mermaid. But rather than sugarcoat the story of a mermaid who gives up her fins so she could go after the human prince of her dreams with the Disney tale, Coppola will use the much darker, original tale as her source material.
It hasn’t even gone into production yet but it’s already become a high-profile movie project. As such, everyone’s trying to speculate as to who Coppola and crew will cast as the titular character. We’re throwing our hat into the ring with our top five choices:
Coming hot off her Oscar win for 12 Years A Slave, Lupita has yet to seal down a follow-up role and this could be it. Bonus: she looked like a Disney princess on Oscar night; so really, this is a win-win for everyone.
She has three musicals coming out in the next two years (Into The Woods, Pitch Perfect 2 and The Last Five Years) so this isn’t too far-fetched — putting aside the fact that she may not want to do another musical for a while, that is. After her fantastic turn as host on Saturday Night Live this earlier this month, the sketch where she played Ariel and sang Britney Spears, Selena Gomez and Ke$ha songs, should be considered her audition tape. The girl can sing, she can act, she can do “Cups”; she can do it all!
Ever since the project was announced, Emma Watson has been the only major name I can see in the role. Of course, there is the fact that she worked with Coppola last year on The Bling Ring, so her name might be actually be thrown around. If this doesn’t take the musical route (can Emma sing?), this would be a great choice.
Anna Kendrick isn’t the only one who has a voice. You know who else can? Carey Mulligan. After singing in both Shame and Inside Llewyn Davis (and sounding fantastic), Carey would be a great choice if Sofia decides to add a musical number or two (just imagine her rendition of “Part of Your World”).
Adele broke out last year with the French film, Blue Is The Warmest Color. She has the look, the acting ability and if Coppola is taking the route of the original source material (less Disney, more fantastical) Adele lends herself to the setting.
Who do you want to see play The Little Mermaid? The Prince? Or Ursula?