Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay join ‘The Little Mermaid’ live-action Adaptation.
Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina recently signed on to play 'Flounder' and 'Scuttle', respectively, in Disney’s live-action adjustment of “The Little Mermaid.”
Earlier, Variety reported Melissa McCarthy would be taking on the character of 'Ursula the Sea Witch.' Over the weekend, insider Kris Tapley revealed on Twitter Tremblay and Awkwafina would be joining the ensemble.
“Mary Poppins Returns” director Rob Marshall is helming “The Little Mermaid,” which will include original numbers from the 1989 animated hit as well as new singles from original composer Alan Menken and “Moana’s” Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The original “Little Mermaid” pursues Ariel, a mermaid princess who aspires to become a human and grab the attention of Prince Eric. Menken’s score entailed the Oscar-winning “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World” and “Kiss the Girl.” Scuttle and Flounder are Ariel’s best accomplices, a seagull, and fish, respectively.
Tremblay will next appear in “Doctor Sleep,” Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to “The Shining.”
Awkwafina is voicing a character in Netflix’s upcoming series, “Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” and can be seen in Sony’s upcoming Jumanji sequel, “Jumanji: the Next Level” as well as Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell,” which hits theaters July 12.
Tremblay is represented by UTA and Play Management whereas Awkwafina is repped by UTA and Artists First.
Quick Facts: The Little Mermaid
Jodi Benson tried out for the part of 'Ariel' via recorded audition.
Sherri Stoner’s slight and graceful frame guided the animators to make Ariel’s movements realistic. Meanwhile, an unbeknownst to her at the time, Ariel’s face was inspired after Alyssa Milano.
The initial choice for Ursula’s voice was Bea Arthur.
A Muppet version was pitched in as a Television Series.
Christopher Daniel Barnes was only 17-years-old when he recorded the voice of 'Prince Eric.'
Some of the character outlines done by illustrator Kay Neilsen during the original attempt to picture The Little Mermaid were dug up decades later and used as the push for the 1989 film and Neilsen even got a credit over fifty years later.
The blue-green color of Ariel’s fin was mixed up by Disney’s paint lab (they have a paint lab!) and the new color was then termed as “Ariel” in her honor.
The animators chose to make Ariel’s hair red as such Daryl Hannah had just played a blonde mermaid in the very popular 1984 comedy Splash and they didn’t want to viewers to get confused.
Animating a film is a mountain of tasks, and Disney didn’t have the required manpower. Disney recruited the Chinese animation studio 'Pacific Rim' to draw over one million bubbles by hand.
Ursula is part-octopus and she only has six, as opposed to the traditional eight.