By Meghan McKenna
Date February 21, 2017
Walt Disney’s music-filled animated movies defined the childhood of an entire generation. Decades later, Disney has begun rebooting their iconic films, filling theatres with nostalgic millennials and a new wave of Mouse House fanatics.
Lily James stunned as Cinderella, Mia Wasikowska wowed as Alice and Emma Watson is princess perfection as Belle. Now, the highly coveted role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid is up for grabs.
Fans have dreamed up everyone from Anna Kendrick to to take the lead, but Lindsay Lohan took casting into her own hands by posting a side-by-side of herself with the red-headed princess on Instagram.
The original caption, which has since been edited, read:
“I will sing again, as #ariel #thelittlemermaid @disney approve that #billcondon directs it along with my sister @alianamusic singing the theme song for the soundtrack. Also @kgrahamsfb plays Ursula. Simply because, she is the best. Take one. @disneystudios.”
Disney has not yet responded to Lohan’s post about the film, which right now only has Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda and original composer Alan Menken attached.
What we do know is that Hollywood’s biggest names are lining up for the chance to get in on the Disney magic, with the likes of Emma Stone, Meryl Streep and Donald Glover appearing in upcoming live-action remakes of Disney faves. Sorry, Lindsay, but having red hair and “ on your resume probably won’t be enough to land you your dream role.
In the meantime, here’s a round up of confirmed Disney reboots, and all the A-list stars we know (and hope!) will take the lead.
Emma Stone as “Cruella”
Disney has confirmed that the La La Land star will lead the live-action film following the evil exploits of Cruella de Vil, the villain from 101 Dalmatians. The movie will be released in 2018.
Lucy Hale as “Snow White”
Songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul—the duo who wrote the lyric’s for La La Land—will pen new music for the live-action film. There are no actors attached yet, but with pale skin, dark hair and a powerful voice, Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale is a popular casting choice.
Donald Glover as “Simba”
Just last week it was announced that Donald Glover will play Simba in the hyper-realistic remake of The Lion King, directed by The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau.
Liu Yifei as “Mulan”
In the fall, Disney put out a casting call for the upcoming Mulan remake. We think that Liu Yifei, a hugely popular actress, model and singer in China, would be a perfect fit. The film will be released November 2, 2017.
Emily Blunt as “Mary Poppins”
Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep and Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda will all star in the upcoming Mary Poppins reboot, which is slated to be released December 25, 2018.
Dev Patel as “Aladdin”
Guy Richie will direct the live-action remake of Aladdin, but no other names are yet attached. Dev Patel, the British-Indian hunk from Slumdog Millionaire could make a perfect prince.
Reese Witherspoon as “Tink”
Reese Witherspoon will produce and star in the live-action film about Disney’s favourite fairy. It is unknown when the anticipated film will be released.