Whatever your feelings are about Disney remaking nearly every classic cartoon movie, you can't deny that the news results in some hilarious memes. The Little Mermaid reboot has been announcing controversial casting news left and right; first, it was revealed that Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play Ursula the sea witch. Many weren't happy about that. Then, Halle Bailey was revealed as the new Ariel, an exciting and refreshing casting choice that of course brought racists and "mermaid scientists" out of the woodwork.
Now, people are sharing their casting choices for the rest of the roles in the film, and you should hear them out because they're all kind of perfect.
OK, this is pretty perfect. I mean, when you think "angry chef," who's the first person who comes to mind? It's obviously Gordon Ramsay. The only thing is that Chef Louis is very French, and Gordon Ramsay is about as British as it gets. Either he'll have to adopt a French accent or the character's origin story will have to change. Either way, I can totally picture Gordon Ramsay running around a kitchen trying to kill Sebastian with a cleaver.
Steve Carell does kind of weirdly look like Prince Eric, and even though he has most definitely reached "hot dad" status in the pop culture zeitgeist, I don't think he's right for the role. The age difference is way beyond creepy, so, while the resemblance is there, I'm afraid we'll have to pass on this one.
Out of all the crabs who auditioned for the role of Sebastian, this knife-wielding one was the clear frontrunner for the role. He came in character, wielding the knife he would try to use against Chef Louis, and that's way more than any of the other crab actors prepared.
Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team is having a moment. She led her team to World Cup victory and she happens to look like Prince Eric and would totally kill it in the role. I am so for this casting choice that I think we should give @TheHyyyype a casting credit and all go home.
How adorable is this picture? I have never seen anything as cute in my entire life, and I own the cutest dog in the world. Sure, Jacob Tremblay is in talks to play Flounder and Snoop Dogg would definitely take the role in a different direction. But this isn't your mama's The Little Mermaid. And I think the world is ready for Snoop Fish.
This is — *chef's kiss* — perfect. Hilarious. Wildly wrong in every way and yet, also right. I don't know why, but I love Guy Fieri. I can watch hours upon hours of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. He's such a character. And while he somehow looks exactly like Ursula in this picture, and I selfishly want to see this happen, I don't think it will.
On the other end of the casting spectrum is Idris Elba as King Triton, Ariel's father, which is perfect in every single way, must happen, and I will not rest until it does. A whole movie where Idris Elba is shirtless and rules the ocean? Yes please times a million.
Oh. But then there's also this. Jason Momoa has already proved himself as an ocean king, and his long hair is pretty perfect. But I think it would be too confusing to see him as Aquaman and then also as King Triton. Welp! Guess that means it has to be Idris Elba. That's the only option. Sorry, Jason.
Remember this character?! He had a name, I know it because I googled it. It's Grimsby. He's Prince Eric's manservant, which would maybe be too much of a downgrade for Gandalf himself to play, but there is no denying that Sir Ian McKellen does resemble the dude.
This one flattened me. Hilarious. If you don't know who the person on the left is, that, my friends, is Gypsy Rose Blanchard, the subject of a harrowing real-life story that was the inspiration for the recent TV show, The Act. Gypsy Rose may have conspired with her boyfriend to kill her mother, who'd kept her wheelchair-bound and convinced everyone that she was sick for her entire life when she was actually perfectly healthy. But she does kind of look like Ariel in that wig, so...
Yes yes yes yes yes. Catherine O'Hara as Moira Rose from Schitt's Creek for every single character in The Little Mermaid. I have zero doubt that she could pull this off, and I would watch the heck out of that adaptation. Seriously, these wigs belong in a museum. After she films the movie, of course.
Let's not forget the most important character in The Little Mermaid: Max the dog. He is Prince Eric's most loyal companion. Eric literally jumps into the ocean off a burning ship to save him. Obviously, Max must be played by the floppiest, hairiest sheepdog on the planet.
This person deserves a round of applause. Scarlett Johansson is, unfortunately, known for playing roles that she shouldn't. She's been cast as an Asian character despite not being Asian at all, so why not have her play a mermaid, a prince, and a purple sea witch?!