Live Action Disney Casting

GRZEXP Staff- Ashlyn Johnson

2020 was anything but easy, but there were positives to being stuck inside during quarantine.  All the couch potatoes that Covid has spawned have caused a huge movement for the movie industry. Many of our beloved Disney classics will join the remakes such as Mulan, Maleficent, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and many others. For each of these films, the casting process has affected the quality and enjoyment of the film incredibly. Nobody could forget Emma Watson’s amazing performance on Beauty and the Beast. What about Angelina Jolie in Maleficent? What these actors and actresses brang to the set shone brightly through our TV screens, and there are more to come. For each, there are several stars who are being considered for the job. What live action remakes will be drawn from our childhood favorites, and who will be cast to bring the stories to life?

  1. The Little Mermaid

Yes, the world adored, favorite tale of the Little Mermaid will be remade as a live action film, starring singer and actress Halle Bailey. Casting this actress as Ariel was a huge breakthrough for many people around the world. Not only was she an incredibly talented singer but this would make her the first woman of color to play an originally white disney princess in a live action. Halle is African American, and has sung in the famous duo Chloe and Halle with her loving sister. Lin Manuel Miranda will be writing songs for this coming film, so I doubt it will fall short for our expectations. 

  1. Tangled

This family favorite animated film caught many fans when it was first released and has continued to gain popularity as the years have passed. There is no specific release date, probably because the casting is still a matter to be considered. Childhood disney stars like Dove Cameron and Sabrina Carpenter are highly encouraged by the fans. Dove Cameron has starred in a number of disney series and shows, including Liv and Maddie and the Descendants movies. Sabrina Carpenter is a singer and actress best known for her performance on Girl Meets World as Maya Hart. Readers who are fans of both these actresses may feel that they would both do an incredible job, though they aren’t the only top dogs in this competition. Actresses like Florence Pugh, who starred in the most recent Little Women, is also being considered for the job. The role of Mother Gothel and Flynn Rider are still yet to be determined as well.
  1. Brave

I haven’t met anyone who can name a Disney princess who’s more determined and stubborn than Merida. With the curly mane of red hair that she refuses to tame to her sleek bow and arrow, she’ll send anybody running for the hills. Playing this role would take quite a bit of character, and Jessica Chastain is the perfect person for the job. She has been in countless films, and changed her identity to perfectly fit the role so you wouldn’t even recognize her as somebody else. From wise and emotionless Vuk in Dark Phoenix to innocent sweetheart Celia Foote in The Help, she’s performed beautifully in every role, and I doubt she will fail to do it again.

  1. Snow White

The Snow White live action is expected in 2022, and although there aren’t any for sure actresses being pulled from the world of showbiz, there are ideas. India Eisley has been involved with many productions, particularly horror movies, but she could always switch up her style. She has the beautiful appearance of young snow white, no doubt, but is she the right woman for the job? Mackenzie Foy portrayed Renesmee Cullen in the Twilight Saga and starred as Clara in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. As of right now, it’s still early, but in Disney’s eyes, it’s never too soon to start brainstorming. 

These are only a few of the incredible actors and actresses who are being considered to bring these fairy tales to life, and I don’t doubt that Disney will put together the perfect cast once again.

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