While The Little Mermaid has yet to find its Prince Eric, there is still a lot of cast to fill out.
One key role that hasn’t been filled is that of Ariel’s long-suffering, singing crab companion/minder Sebastian. Originally voiced by Samuel E. Wright in the 1989 film, Sebastian near constant nervous breakdown mixed with his caring affection and two of the best songs in Disney (“Under The Sea”, “Kiss The Girl”) makes him a favorite character for most.
It will take an actor with a lot of charm and talent to play him right.
According to Variety, Disney may have found that actor. Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) is in talks to join the film as Sebastian. After breaking out in Hamilton is the dual role of Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Diggs has had an amazing output of projects, such as Blindspotting and the upcoming Snowpiercer series. While it is not confirmed that Diggs has officially joined the film, the fact that the talks are happening is an exciting sign.
If he joins the project, then this will be a reunion with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will pen new songs for the film and serve as producer on the project. Funnily enough, Diggs also has a connection to our titular mermaid Halle Bailey. Bailey is known for her role on Freeform’s grown-ish, which is a spin-off of ABC’s black-ish. Diggs guests on black-ish as Bow Johnson’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) brother, Johan.
Small world, right?
Officially in the project after Bailey is Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) as Ursula, Jacob Tremblay (Wonder) as Flounder, and Awkwafina (The Farewell) as Scuttle.
Production for The Little Mermaid, which will be directed by Rob Marshall (Into The Woods), will begin in early 2020.
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