Spanish actor Javier Bardem is currently in talks regarding the role of King Triton in the live-action remake of Disney’s classic, The Little Mermaid. Disney has already recreated three animated classics this year, including Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King. If an agreement is reached between Javier and the makers, the actor will be joining the Little Mermaid cast that comprises Halle Bailey as mermaid Ariel, who is the daughter of King Triton; Harry Styles as the human Prince Eric, and Melissa McCarthy as the antagonist Ursula. The film also stars Akwafina as Scuttle, Ariel’s seagull friend, and Jacob Tremblay Flounder, the fish who is Ariel’s best friend.
Javier -- who has so far not commented on his casting in Little Mermaid -- won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his 2007 film No Country for Old Men. His most recent release was Everybody Knows opposite Penelope Cruz and the actor will next be seen in Dune, a big-budget adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel by Denis Villeneuvecan, also starring Timothee Chalamet and Josh Brolin.
The animated version of The Little Mermaid was released in 1989 and was loosely based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Rob Marshall will be directing the remake while Alan Menken -- who won Oscars for the original song and score of the 1989 version -- will be updating the score and composing a new song, with lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The studio intends to make music an important component of the film, as is evident by the casting of Halle Bailey and Harry Styles in the lead roles, as both are popular singers along with being actors. Eric’s character had no songs in the original movie but several performances were included in the 2000s Broadway musical. John DeLuca, Miranda and Rob Marshall are producing The Little Mermaid along with Marc Platt, who worked with Rob on Mary Poppins Returns and was also the executive producer of the Aladdin remake