As you very well may have heard by now, Disney is producing another live-action/CGI animated remake. This time it's redoing the 1989 classic The Little Mermaid, and a cast is already underway.
Melissa McCarthy is the unconfirmed Ursula, and people aren't convinced she's the right person to play the iconic villain. But the two newest actors who have signed on to the project feel just right for the job. Variety reported that Jacob Tremblay will play Ariel's best friend Flounder, and Awkwafina will play the loudmouth seagull Scuttle.
Original songs from the animated version will appear in the update plus a few new numbers created by the film's producer and Moana composer Lin Manuel Miranda.
While Awkwafina is known for her comedic skills and hilarious roles, she most recently opted for something more serious.
The actor and comedian played a role that hit close to home. In the movie The Farewell, Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum, depicts the Asian-American experience and its strong familial bonds. The indie film, which hits theaters on July 12, is in stark contrast to her typically humorous roles, but shows off her varied talents.
Tremblay shows he's not as sweet as he appears in an R-rated buddy comedy with two other preteens.
Seth Rogan's Good Boys is like Superbad for middle-schoolers. The movie will be released August 16, and marks a transition into more mature roles for Tremblay. It will make for a hilarious contrast when he takes on the role of a talking Disney animal that's afraid of sharks.