It looks like Chloe Grace Moretz will be the next woman to take on a Disney princess. The If I Stay and Kick-Ass star is set to play the title role in Working Title and Universal’s live-action adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Little Mermaid.
The name Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually) is being tossed around in regards to penning the latest draft of the script, Entertainment Weekly reports. Writers Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey), Abi Morgan (Shame) and Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands) worked on past versions of the script.
Working Title’s Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce and Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger will executive produce, according to Variety.
There isn’t much known so far about how this version of the fairy tale, which follows a mermaid who wished to be human after falling in love with a man she saved from drowning, will measure up to other versions. We can’t even make predictions based on the director because there isn’t one yet!
Sophia Coppola was initially attached to the project, but she left in June due to reported “creative differences,” E! News reports. Other reports say it was personal and that she didn’t want to work with Mortez.
Before Mortez takes on her mermaid role and straps on her tail fin, she will be participating in several other projects. Currently, she is filming Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising for Universal and she just finished working on Brain on Fire. She’ll be featured in Sony’s The Fifth Wave and November Criminals will be released next year as well.
How do you feel about seeing this 18-year-old play Ariel?