Known for her captivating role as a lawyer in HBO’s hit series “The Undoing”, Noma Dumezweni will now join the cast in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid”.
However, one question remains circulating on the Internet throughout 2020; Who will be playing Ariel’s mother and Queen of Atlantica? As of late, the casting for “The Little Mermaid” all align with the main characters of the 1989 animated film. But it was noted that the remake will take steps even further to break from the source material itself.
Noma Dumezweni was recently cast in the live-action version of “The Little Mermaid”. It was announced that she will portray a new character that wasn’t in the original animated version. According to The DisInsider, the actress will play Ariel’s mother in the live-action adaptation.
Disney’s live-action remakes’ main criticism is staying too close to the source material, where mothers from Disney princess movies are always dead. Case in point: In the animated version of “The Little Mermaid”, her mother was already gone at the start of the film.
Noma Dumezweni will now join Halle Bailey (playing as Ariel) and Melissa McCarthy (playing as Ursula). Furthermore, other previously announced cast members include Javier Bardem (playing as King Triton), Daveed Diggs (playing as Sebastian), Jacob Tremblay (playing as Flounder), Jonah Hauer-King (playing as Prince Eric), as well as Awkwafina (playing as Scuttle).
“The Little Mermaid” will start filming sometime this year. A release date has yet to be confirmed.