It’s been a long time coming, but The Little Mermaid finally has a confirmed cast member – or have they?
It was official, but the upcoming Little Mermaid remake has been hit with yet another setback - former Ariel Chloe Moretz has pulled out of all future filming commitments, citing a 'come to Jesus' moment as the reason for her decision: 'I pulled the plug on all my movies because I want to reassess who I am and find myself within my roles again. I realised I can slow down'.
And there we were getting excited for Chloe's Little Mermaid - it sounded like the actress had big plans, and wanted to stay blonde for the live-action remake: 'I want red hair! But we're going off of the Hans Christian Anderson version [much darker than the Disney cartoon, FYI...], so I'll actually have blonde hair'.
Chloe also wanted to make this version of The Little Mermaid 'a modern, revisionist tale that's progressive for young women in this day and age'. Spilling the news on her social media pages back in November, Chloe wrote 'Here it is !! I've been waiting months to tell everyone how excited I am to take on this beautiful journey with Working Title, Universal, and a beautiful script by Richard Curtis. #TheLittleMermaid !!!! Here we go!!!'
We're sorry to see you go, Chloe! With no word on the rest of the cast (or a replacement), the costume designer or when the film will be released, we’ve got a while to wait before this live-action remake. There’s still no sign of a director, either.
Sofia Coppola, who would have been our perfect pick for the dark fairytale, dropped out of the project earlier this year due to “creative differences” - you can read our thoughts on this here. Apparently she thought Uma Thurman’s daughter Maya (catch Maya Thurman-Hawke and the rest of the new-gen models with famous parents here) would be a perfect fit as Ariel, but Universal Pictures apparently wanted a bigger name.
She’s not the first director to be booted off the project, either – Joe Wright, who you’ll probably know best for directing Atonement, was also removed from the movie in 2014.
No wonder it took so long to announce a cast - did we mention The Little Mermaid has been in the works since 2011?! Rumour has it Disney are ready to swoop in with their own The Little Mermaid remake if this project doesn’t get off the ground soon, to go alongside these movie remakes expected for 2016 and beyond.
Who do you think should fill Chloe Moretz's mermaid fins? Let us know below!