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https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sou...ECAkQCg&usg=AOvVaw1KwWk5rgu8XrqoM6NKLnjg&cf=1Zendaya is rumored to play Ariel
Yes, whoever will think about the endangered white actor. #allmermaidsmatter?Even if it is a rumor, I wonder why they're opting for Zendaya and not someone who looks like the original Ariel?
Something about this just doesn't sit well with me. No, it has nothing to do with her being half-black. I honestly don't care about the race of the actors. No, for me it's about how Disney is completely contradicting themselves here. When they started the announcements of their live-action remakes of their classic films, they made it a mission to cast actors who fit that ethnicity to a T. For the cast of Mulan, they're focusing their efforts on casting Chinese actors and actresses; for Aladdin, they've mostly gone for those of Indian and Egyptian ethnicities. Hell, even Lion King has been given the all-African-American treatment, which is a good move on their part.
Even if it is a rumor, I wonder why they're opting for Zendaya and not someone who looks like the original Ariel? Like maybe Debby Ryan? She's still involved with Disney last I remember. Now, I adore Zendaya. I loved her in Spider-Man Homecoming, but I honestly think they could get someone a lot better than her to play the role of Ariel.
YUP YUP YUP THATS WHAT Iâ€™M TALKING ABOUTGenerally, casting still favors whoever reflects the character the best. In cases like Aladdin and Mulan, ethnicity is important to their characters; Aladdin has to be Middle-Eastern because part of his character is being unremarkable (in that he blends in with everyone else in Agrabah), and Mulan has to be Chinese because her journey is about overcoming Chinese gender roles. Ariel's desire for freedom has more to do with her literal race than her race, so I think there's nothing wrong with producers having more freedom with her casting.
I've no qualms about Zendaya. I know she's a very capable actress and have been a long-time fan of hers since she was on KC Undercover. I just don't think she's right for the role as Ariel. But hey! Unpopular opinions are pretty frowned upon, so I guess I should just quit while I'm ahead, right?!
Something about this just doesn't sit well with me. No, it has nothing to do with her being half-black. I honestly don't care about the race of the actors.
When they started the announcements of their live-action remakes of their classic films, they made it a mission to cast actors who fit that ethnicity to a T.
But there are so many other designs and aesthetics (sets, costumes, hairstyles, voices, the interpretations of these characters when they transfer to "realistic" CGI) that change with all of these live-action remakes, why does the face matter so much? It's superficial.
Emma Watson was a great "face" for Belle, but Jesus Christ that singing was god awful. Honestly, Jodi Benson gave Ariel my favorite singing voice of any Disney character, if all I hear is autotune in this new film, I will rage!
This 100%. Zendaya is a good singer and a good actress, and for a character like Ariel, that's far more important than race or face shape or any of those other things. We're getting hung up on details that have nothing to do with what's important to that character's identity.