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Exclusive: Disney Casting Ariel’s Sisters In ‘The Little Mermaid’

Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid is set to start production this April, and while that’s quickly coming, the studio is putting the finishing touches on the cast, which includes characters that had a brief appearance in the original animated film.

We have been told by our source that the studio is casting for Ariel’s sisters, Attina, Alana, Adella, Aquata, Arista and Andrina. We have also been told that they are casting women of color for these roles.

As of now, we haven’t heard any names on the top of the studios wishlist, but it would be interesting if names like Zendaya, Keke Palmer, and Chloe Bailey (Halle’s sister) were considered.

Another tidbit I’ve heard but can not confirm is that Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beauty and the Beast) is being considered for the role of Athena, Ariel’s mother. However, that is and should be considered a rumor at this time.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw attends the premiere of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)

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Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid is set to star Halle Bailey as Ariel, Jonah Hauer-King (A Dog’s Way Home), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales star Javier Bardem as Ariel’s father King Triton, Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Jacob Tremblay (Good Boys), and Awkwafina (Jumanji: The Next Level) who are attached to play Ursula, Ariel’s best friend Flounder, and Scuttle. Daveed Diggs (Soul) will voice Sebastian.


Alan Menken (Aladdin) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Moana) will be remastering the music from the original film, while also adding brand new songs, which would also include one a new solo for Prince Eric… that’s what we hear that is.

The Little Mermaid will be directed by Rob Marshall, and production is expected to begin in April in the Caribbean.

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