Teen star, Zendaya, has reportedly been offered the role of Ariel in Disney’s upcoming live-action version of the 1989 animated classic, The Little Mermaid.
The Hashtag Show was the first to report this week that a source close to Walt Disney Studios had divulged Zendaya was given the option to step into Ariel’s clamshell bra and green scaly tail. But it’s unclear whether the Spider-Man: Homecoming star actually wants to be part of their world, since Zendaya’s reps have declined to comment on the speculation.
Regardless of who plays the titular rebellious mermaid, the film is slated to be directed by Mary Poppins Returns‘s Rob Marshall, with music by Hamilton‘s master lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda and Disney heavy-hitter Alan Menken. As for potential castmates if Zendaya were to play Ariel, Elle speculated that, because the Disney alum is a woman of color, the role of Ariel’s father, King Triton, as well as those of her sisters and undersea pals, would likely be played by actors of color, for a more-inclusive adaptation all around.