Little Mermaid hopeful Lindsay Lohan has thrown some shade at Lea Michele's casting. As Disney continues to find success with live-action remakes of some of their most popular animated titles, the arrival of a Little Mermaid remake is a certified hot-topic at the moment, thanks to some of its ongoing casting rumors.
As of this writing, nothing has been confirmed with regard to a Little Mermaid live-action remake, but Disney has been keeping busy with the IP lately, planning several special events for the 30th anniversary of one of their most successful animated films. A special 30th edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of the film was just released at the tail end of this past February, complete with new bonus features; and next month in Los Angeles, a stage production of the beloved mermaid tale will run for two nights at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. So far, the production - called The Little Mermaid – An Immersive Live-to-Film Concert Experience - has been busy with casting, and Disney recently revealed that they’ve found their Ariel.
Thanks to HuffPost, it's been revealed that actress and musician Lea Michele will take on The Little Mermaid’s coveted lead role in the upcoming stage production. And while this will likely strike many as a great choice, at least one actress was feeling a little less than celebratory about the decision. When Disney relayed the news via their Instagram account with a photo of Ariel next to a smaller photo of Michele, Lohan decided to respond with, “Huh?” The full post can be seen below and Michele has not responded to Lohan’s apparent disbelief.
Last summer, Lohan had posted a photo of Ariel and sea witch Ursula, writing “My dream role with #MerylStreep” above the image. Clearly, Disney wasn't interested in making that happen - at least not for this upcoming stage production - and the odds of it happening for the aforementioned live-action film remake are likely very slim. Michele, on the other hand, is a multi-Grammy nominated singer for her work on Glee and has a lengthy history of performing in stage productions from an early age.
It’s not surprising that Lohan is somewhat put off by the announcement that Michele has earned the role of Ariel. To date, her past behavior has caused her some problems, and despite what appears to be a genuine desire on her part to continue to work in film, it seems that solid roles are in short supply for the Mean Girls star these days. At the same time, not publicly responding at all to Michele's appointment as Ariel likely would have been the better approach, regardless of her valid disappointment. For their part, however, Disney has done a good job in casting Michele, as she's sure to bring something special to the role. It's hardly strange to see why they would cast her. In fact, the only strange thing about Michele’s appointment as Ariel so far has been Lohan’s response.
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