Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Andrej Pejic first to be cast in Sofia Coppola's The Little Mermaid

rexfeatures-3610662a.jpg
the-little-mermaid-ariels-sisters-20627961-998-561.jpg

When the news broke that Sofia Coppola was set to direct a version of The Little Mermaid, we already knew that it was going to be alternative, ridiculously cool and incredibly stylish.

So it's not surprising that the Virgin Suicides director has decided to cast model Andrej Pejic for one of the roles.

According to IMDB the model, known for her androgynous looks, is rumoured to be playing sister #4.

This won't be the first time the Tuzla-born star has acted. In 2013, she had a part as a man named Radu in a Turkish period drama, Fatih.

And that's not forgetting the time she starred in David Bowie‘s The Stars (Are Out Tonight) music video alongside Tilda Swinton.

Coppola is set to tell a much darker version of the story - much closer to the original by Hans Christian Andersen, rather than the sweet Disney tale.

The original ending saw the mermaid turn to sea foam, but it was amended to have her become a "daughter of the air" for not killing the prince, even though it would save her.

Over time, the true nature of Andersen's tale has been amended and glossed over for a children's audience - but Coppola may well choose to revert to its grittier roots in the upcoming adaptation (especially as it's live action, as opposed to animation).

By doing so, she would adhere to the trend of recent, bleaker fairy tale adaptations such as Snow White and the Huntsman or Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie.

While we've got a massive wish list of who we'd like to see in the film (hello, Lupita Nyong'o), we're still waiting to see if Emma Watson will confirm the rumours if she's to play Ariel, which we'd love to see, incidentally.

We'll update you with news on Sebastian the crab, Flounder and, of course, Eric as it comes.

Related

beauty-disney-hero.jpg

Best beauty looks in Disney

braves-princess-merida-wide.jpg

The most feminist characters in Disney

disney-hero.jpg

Re-imagined Disney movie posters

hero.jpg

Disney princess costume changes in one infographic

alic615x330.jpg

Disney stories re-imagined with tragic endings

ariel-make-up.jpg

Can you guess who's set to play Ariel in The Little Mermaid remake?

Comments

More

Kate Middleton opens up about motherhood and mental illness

“Your fundamental identity changes overnight.”

by Moya Crockett
24 Mar 2017

The trailer for Emilia Clarke’s new horror film is utterly terrifying

Even Daenerys might have trouble with this one

by Amy Swales
24 Mar 2017

Emma Thompson reveals Donald Trump once asked her out on a date

Just imagine: Emma Thompson, First Lady of the United States

by Moya Crockett
24 Mar 2017

Kate Winslet recalls being called 'blubber' by school bullies

The Oscar winner had the last laugh

23 Mar 2017

Ryan Gosling explains his reaction to the Oscars Best Picture blunder

He could barely stifle his giggle - but it's not what you think...

by Hayley Spencer
23 Mar 2017

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From January Jones' beauty regime to Emma Roberts' book club

by Nicola Colyer
23 Mar 2017

Brie Larson is playing a very important figure in feminist history

Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president, was a fascinating character.

by Moya Crockett
23 Mar 2017

Piers Morgan is finally quitting social media

If only it was forever

by Amy Swales
22 Mar 2017

Louis Theroux on the one documentary he had to abandon

“I would still love to do it. The world’s my oyster.”

by Georgina Wilkinson
22 Mar 2017

Meghan Markle on the importance of embracing mixed-race beauty

“A face without freckles is a night without stars.”

by Moya Crockett
22 Mar 2017