Twitter Wants Disney to Cast an Asian Prince Eric in ‘The Little Mermaid’

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After Disney named R&B singer Halle Bailey as the iconic Princess Ariel in its live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid,” fans are now stoked to find out who gets to play Prince Eric.
Just after Bailey’s casting on Wednesday, a number of names for the male lead have begun floating on social media — and many of them are Asians!
Apparently, the push for an Asian Prince Eric comes after Bailey’s casting divided the internet into those in support and those who oppose, claiming that Ariel should be a redhead.

The announcement was particularly met with condemnation in China, where netizens declared that Disney had “ruined” their childhood memories and “disrespected the original work.”
In a statement, director Rob Marshall said that Bailey was chosen to play Ariel as she possessed “a rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence and substance, plus a glorious singing voice.”
Marshall, who previously helmed “Mary Poppins Returns,” added that such traits are “all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role.”
In the 1989 Disney classic, Eric was portrayed as a young, dashing prince of a seaside kingdom who enjoys sailing.
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story, the character was adapted by writer Roger Allers and voiced by Christopher Daniel Barnes for the film.
“The Little Mermaid” will begin filming in early 2020. While Disney has yet to announce whoever plays Eric, all of the internet’s Asian picks perfectly work for the imagination!

With his looks of royalty, BTS’s Jimin is one of the loudest names fans have suggested to play Prince Eric. One tweet proposing his casting raked more than 29,000 likes as of this writing.

Hendery

Another K-Pop star fans want to play Eric is WayV’s Hendery. The Macanese idol, 19, is reportedly fluent in multiple languages, including Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and English.

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