Oscar winner Javier Bardem is in talks to join Disney’s live-action remake of its animated classic, The Little Mermaid. He’s circling the role of King Triton, father of Ariel, who is being played by Halle Bailey. Rob Marshall is directing the live-action/CGI feature from a script by David Magee.
Harry Styles reportedly also is in talks for the role of Prince Eric. Previously announced cast includes Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Awkwafina as Scuttle and Jacob Tremblay as Flounder.
Marc Platt, Marshall, Lin-Manuel Miranda and John DeLuca are producing the pic for Disney. The original film’s composer Alan Menken is back to write new music and will craft the lyrics with Miranda.
Bardem, who picked up a Best Actor Oscar for his role in the 2007 Coen brothers movie No Country for Old Me, will co-star in Dune, the Denis Villeneuve-directed film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s bestselling novel, which is set up at Legendary.
He’s repped by WME.