On the heels of the news that Harry Styles is to play Prince Eric in the movie, now comes word on who may be playing King Triton in Disney’s upcoming live-action take on The Little Mermaid.
Courtesy of Variety, Javier Bardem has reportedly entered talks to play the father of Ariel. Academy Award winner Barden is best known for his roles in the likes of No Country for Old Men, Skyfall and mother!, and he’s now being eyed to take on a role that was voiced by Kenneth Mars in the beloved 1989 animated movie.
Should Bardem indeed sign on for The Little Mermaid, he’ll join a cast that includes Halle Bailey as Ariel, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Awkwafina as Scuttle, and the aforementioned Styles as Prince Eric. Melissa McCarthy is another in talks to join the picture, with her lined up to play the nefarious Ursula.
Right now, The Little Mermaid has yet to be given a set release date, although production is looking to get started early next year. This, of course, is the latest Disney classic to being getting the live-action treatment, following in the footsteps of the likes of The Jungle Book, Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King.