Javier Bardem is the latest actor in talks to appear in Disney's live-action The Little Mermaid

By Alexia Fernandez
July 17, 2019 07:39 PM

Is Javier Bardem taking over the kingdom under the sea?

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 a report by The Hollywood Reporter.

A rep for Bardem did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Bardem would be joining singer and actress Halle Bailey who was cast as Ariel earlier this month. This would be a departure for the Oscar-winning actor, who has recently starred in 2017’s Loving Pablo opposite his wife, Oscar winner Penélope Cruzmother! with Jennifer Lawrence and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

The actor has been nominated for an Academy Award three times, winning in 2008 for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in No Country for Old Men.

THR recently reported Harry Styles was in talks to play Ariel’s love interest, Prince Eric. Also in talks to costar are Awkwafina as Scuttle, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder and Melissa McCarthy as the fearsome sea witch Ursula.

Javier Bardem in reportedly in talks to star as King Triton in The Little Mermaid 
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Production for The Little Mermaid is anticipated to begin in early 2020.

Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall is helming the film, which will feature songs from the original 1989 animated film, as well as new songs from Alan Menken and co-producer Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Disney has been bringing back its beloved animated classics and adapting them into live-action films, such as the recent AladdinDumbo, The Jungle Book and Cinderella.

The studio is also releasing The Lion King, which stars James Earl Jones, Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner and Alfre Woodard.

The Lion King roars into theaters July 19.

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