Awkwafina Cast in Live-Action Remake of The Little Mermaid

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The Little Mermaid

The much-anticipated The Little Mermaid live-action remake finally has their Scuttle and her name is Awkwafina. Joining stars Halle Bailey as Ariel, and according to rumors, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Awkwafina is among many well-known performers but she can certainly hold her own and has proven it in the past.

As a comedienne on an upcoming Comedy Central show about her own upbringing in Queens and a star of the recent film The Farewell, Awkwafina is well-versed in both humor and drama. She also stars in the yet-to-be-released Jumanji: The Next Level alongside Dwayne Johnson. She’s remained tight-lipped about her involvement in The Little Mermaid until the news recently broke, but rumors have been swirling for a while. The project comes at a busy but critical peak in her career, and apparently, she has had her eye on the part, claiming she would be ”more than honored” and that ”That’s my princess right there” (Marie Claire). She is a surprising choice for the role, seeing that the part has traditionally been played by a male, but Disney has recently shown a penchant for doing the unexpected. Unexpected and often delightful!


Not all rumors surrounding The Little Mermaid film have been as accurate. Although Harry Styles had been rumored for the part of Prince Eric in earlier days, he has recently confirmed that he would not be taking on the role. The part of Prince Eric remains up for grabs as far as the public knows.

One thing is for certain: the all-star cast is an excellent one and this film remains under tight watch by many. With Awkwafina playing the hilarious seagull that we all know and love already, the project seems only to have become more intriguing. Production is set to begin in 2020 and until its release, we can only wonder what fresh perspective this film will bring to our favorite little mermaid. We can’t wait to be part of her world again!

Photo courtesy of Disney


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