Javier Bardem’s latest project is a major departure from the films he typically signs on to act in.
The 50-year-old actor is in talks to star as King Triton in the live-action Disney remake of The Little Mermaid, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
If true, the Oscar-winning actor would star alongside Halle Bailey who has been confirmed to play Ariel, while Melissa McCarthy has signed on to play Ursula. Harry Styles is also in early talks to play Prince Eric.
King Triton, the overprotective dad who shoots lightning from his trident, seems like the perfect fit for Bardem, an actor known for nailing villainous roles in No Country for Old Men and Skyfall.
Bardem’s most recent films are a far cry from the animated genre — with the actor starring in Everybody Knows opposite Penelope Cruz and Mother! with Jennifer Lawrence.
The Little Mermaid shot to international fame in 1989 and crawled into the hearts of millennials with its heart-warming story about a mermaid who falls madly in love with a human named Eric.
Director Rob Marshall is behind the project which is expected to include notable tracks like ‘Under the Sea’, ‘Part of Your World’, and ‘Kiss the Girl’.
The original film’s composer, Alan Menken, will return to update the original score and compose new songs.