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The Internet Really Wants Idris Elba to Play King Triton in Live-Action ‘Little Mermaid’

TBH, he would make a great sea-king.


Casting for Disney’s live-action version of The Little Mermaid has continued to cause quite the stir among fans. Last week, people lost their minds over the announcement that 19-year-old Halle Bailey would play the titular princess. And now, the internet is rallying for Idris Elba to be tapped for the role of King Triton, aka Ariel’s dad.

Bailey’s casting announcement was a pretty big deal and sparked tons of speculation around other potential cast members. One character, in particular, that’s up for debate: King Triton. Idris Elba is a front runner among fans, given his dashing good looks and commanding presence. The buzz began after Twitter user @BossLogic created some epic fan art showing Elba as the sea king, and we must say, the flowing white hair suits him. The internet quickly jumped on the bandwagon, rallying for the 46-year-old British actor to be cast in the role.

This certainly isn’t the first time fans have rallied for Elba to be cast in a major role. For years, people have been begging casting directors to make him the next James Bond. The actor even reignited the rumors with a Daniel Craig selfie at this year’s Oscars.

Fans have also offered up other casting suggestions for King Triton: Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Momoa, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to name a few. Terry Crews’ name has also been thrown around, especially after he posted some (hilarious) fan art on Twitter:

Hopefully, Disney makes a King Triton casting announcement soon, or the internet just might explode.