In addition to their animated features, Pixar films, and Star Wars and Marvel movies, Walt Disney has discovered another cash cow in recent years: Live action adaptations of Disney animated classics. Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book were all extremely successful for the studio, and next month's Beauty and the Beast looks to be the biggest release yet. But Disney has plenty more in development, including The Little Mermaid, which Lindsay Lohan thinks she should star in.
The 30-year-old shared an image of herself side-by-side with her lookalike Disney princess to her Instagram account on Sunday, Feb. 19, with the following caption:
Lohan soon deleted all of the caption save for "#thelittlemermaid," but by then she had made her stance known: She wants to be Ariel in Disney's upcoming live action film, and she wants Bill Condon to direct it, her sister to perform on the soundtrack, and a CrossFit athlete/Instagram celebrity to portray the film's villainous Sea Witch. But this is all likely fantasy.
Although Lohan was at one time one of the Mouse House's most-prized stars with starring roles in The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, and Herbie the Love Bug, her heyday ended over a decade ago. Since then, she's become far better known for her various troubles with the law, her bizarre behavior, and as a celebrity personality than as an actress. She hasn't appeared in a movie since 2013's The Canyons, a poorly-reviewed erotic thriller in which she starred opposite porn star James Deen. And while she has been trying to mount a comeback and has steered clear of the law in recent years, I just don't see Disney taking a risk on someone with such a troubled past when it comes to a property as potentially lucrative as The Little Mermaid. So who should be in the movie?
There have been no casting announcements related to the film, and virtually the only thing known about it is that Lin Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken will be handling the music. So with free reign to pick whomever I want, here is my dream cast for Disney's live action The Little Mermaid.
Ariana Grande as Ariel
She definitely has the pipes, she's a huge star, and she's more than capable as an actor. Plus, you know she already looks good as a redhead!
Oscar Isaac as Prince Eric
Already a Disney star thanks to Star Wars, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more handsome and charming actor working today.
Jennifer Hudson as Ursula
The sea witch needs both a powerful voice and a commanding presence, two things this Oscar-winner could easily provide.
Michael Cera as Flounder
Nobody does cowardly and meek like Cera.
Sacha Baron Cohen as Sebastian
Having a French-named crab with a Jamaican accent in the supposedly Danish-set film never made a whole lot of sense, so I say let Cohen run wild with whatever wacky voice he wants.
Dwayne Johnson as King Triton
Can you come up with an actor who's more intimidating on screen, because I can't.
Larry David as Scuttle
Now that you've seen this suggestion, you know it has to happen.
Lindsay Lohan probably isn't going to star in the live action remake of The Little Mermaid, but there is no shortage of great actors in Hollywood who should.