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Hercules fans, we’ve got some controversial news about the remake

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We have another Disney live-action to look forward to post-lockdown. Here’s everything we know about Hercules so far.

It’s hard to think about life post-lockdown, but Disney’s latest news has got us excited about the future. Fans who were disappointed about the postponement of the Mulan live-action remake are still waiting for a new release date to be announced. And we now have another Disney film to look forward to, as it’s been announced that 90s animation Hercules is also getting a remake.  

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Just to give a quick reminder of what the 1997 Disney animation is about: Hercules follows the story of  the son of Greek god Zeus, who is turned into a half-god, half-mortal by the evil underworld god Hades. Hercules discovers his immortal heritage and Zeus tells him to return to Mount Olympus by proving himself to be a hero. Along his journey, Hercules befriends his old winged-horse Pegasus, and the warrior trainer and centaur Nessus. He also falls for sarcastic Meg, who sold her soul to Hades to save an unfaithful lover. 

The soundtrack is packed with bangers, including I won’t Say I’m In Love, Go The Distance and A Star Is Born. But, according to a new interview with the film’s producers, there’s a chance the remake won’t feature songs.

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Joe and Anthony Russo, the filmmakers behind the Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War, are set to produce the new film. In a new interview with Collider, the brothers revealed they are huge fans of Hercules. But when asked if they plan to produce the new movie as a musical, Anthony replied: “We can’t say one way or the other. Music will certainly be a part of it.”

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One thing they can confirm is this isn’t going to be an exact scene-by-scene retelling. Fans will either be disappointed or intrigued to hear they’re mixing things up. Anthony said: “Well, I think you always have to bring something new to the table because from our perspective as storytellers, it’s not compelling for us to do a literal translation. We’ve already done that with our Marvel films.” 

Although no further details have been confirmed, the internet already has its thoughts on who should play lead female role, Meg.

Cue: Ariana Grande.

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Hercules: will Ariana Grande play Meg?

Earlier this month, Grande shared a video of herself singing Meg’s classic solo I Won’t Say I’m In Love on The Disney Family Singalong. She had the power vocals, the swishing ponytail, the big cartoon eyes. She even had the backing vocals of the muses. She was made for this role, right?

Let’s relive that moment…

Ariana Grande singing I Won’t Say I’m In Love

So of course everybody on Twitter is calling for Grande to play Meg in the remake. Even Disney actor Josh Gad (Frozen, Beauty & The Beast) recently told Variety: “She would amazing as Meg, she would be perfect, I would love to see that happen.”

Of course, there are also plenty of people who disagree with casting Grande as Meg. But we’ll just have to sit tight and see if she can Go The Distance (OK, really, enough with the puns).

We’ll bring you the latest developments on the film when they happen. But in the meantime, you can watch Hercules on NOW TV and Disney+.

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Hollie is a digital writer at Stylist.co.uk, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…

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