Javier Bardem could become the ruler of Atlantica, the undersea kingdom.
He would join a cast that includes Halle Bailey as Ariel, King Triton’s daughter.
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Actor Terry Crews had previously made a plea to play King Triton for the live-action remake of the 1989 classic Disney film.
“If y’all retweet it enough maybe it’ll happen! King Triton! #TerryForTriton #MermanLife,” he tweeted, with a photo of him as King Triton attached.
“Ariel’s Dad! #ArielsGotTerry #AmericasGotTerry,” he tweeted.
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The film is directed by Rob Marshall and produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
It will feature songs from the animated classic by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman as well as new songs by Menken (music) and Miranda (lyrics).
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Production is anticipated to begin in early 2020.