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As Disney Is Rumored To Cast Harry Styles As Prince Eric, Here Are Our Handsome Picks To Play The Disney Character

Recently, there’s been a lot of news surrounding the controversial casting of African-American actress Halle Bailey as Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid”. As you’ve probably seen, there’s been more than a few haters taking to their keyboards to voice their opinions about Ariel’s updated look under the hashtag #NotMyAriel. We understand that people are particularly protective over their childhood memories, but we’re also of the mind that “The Little Mermaid” is a fantasy story set in a fictional world where mermaids actually exist. So, the idea of a beautiful mermaid princess being Black isn’t something that’s more far-fetched than, I don’t know, a mermaid actually existing in the first place.

We, for one, are excited about the splash of color in the new film and would love to see Disney take their diverse casting a little further. We already know that Asian-American actress Awkwafina is in talks to play the goofy seagull, Scuttle, so we know that Disney is keeping their mind open when it comes to the ethnicity of their cast. We think that this “Little Mermaid” remake is the perfect opportunity cast Prince Eric as a sexy Latino man. We may be biased since Prince Eric was our first crush (and possibly our one true love), but the idea of seeing Latinx representation in the upcoming film along with a black Ariel just makes us giddy with joy. And in case Disney is at a loss for where to start when it comes to casting Ariel’s Prince Charming, we’ve decided to lend them a hand and make a list of 17 Latino zaddies that would make a perfect Prince Eric to Halley Bailey’s Ariel.

Take a peek below!

1. Josh Segarra

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Josh Segarra is a Puerto Rican-American singer and actor that has been the star of numerous Broadway musicals, including the Gloria Estefan-inspired Broadway show “On Your Feet”, in which he played Emilio Estefan. His singing and acting talents, as well as his chiseled features, would make him the perfect Prince Eric.

2. Bruno Mars

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Who wouldn’t love to see Puerto Rican-Filipino Bruno Mars on the big screen, playing the Knight in Shining Armor who rescues Ariel from her doomed fate as one of Ursula’s Poor Unfortunate Souls? Although Prince Eric doesn’t have any musical numbers in the original movie, we’re sure that they’d add a song or two for Mr. Mars.

3. Maluma

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Women of all ages would flock to the movie theaters to see Colombian heartthrob Maluma play the dashing Prince Eric. Not only can he sing, but any woman in their right mind would understand why Ariel would give up her voice for a chance at winning this hottie’s heart.

4. Rome Flynn

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Twitter is already abuzz with the idea of Afro-Cuban zaddy Rome Flynn playing Prince Eric opposite to Halle Bailey’s Ariel. Just look at that smolder. He could melt any girl’s heart.

5. Anthony Ramos

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Sure, you saw him and loved him in supporting roles in fan-favorites like “Hamilton” and a “Star is Born”, but we think it’s time for Nuyorican actor Anthony Ramos to take his rightful place as a leading man now. Those freckles, that smile…sigh.

6. Michael Galante

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We’ve seen up-and-coming Latino actor Michael Galante on guilty pleasure TV shows like “Jane the Virgin” and “The Good Fight”, but we think it’s time this talented guy takes a leap to the silver screen. We mean, just check out this sexy Instagram account.

7. Miguel

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Miguel is a talented singer of mixed Mexican and Black descent. He’s already shown us he can act in the neo-noir movie “Live By Night”, and we’re sure he could pull of the smiley, charismatic Prince Eric in this new movie.

8. Diego Boneta

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We know, we know–you’re sick of seeing Diego Boneta on our dream cast lists, but there’s a reason he keeps popping up in our imagination! This Mexican actor is not only gorgeous, but he’s is musically talented as well. Boneta first showed off his singing skills in the telenovela, “Rebelde”, and then he went on to release a self-titled album in select Latin American countries. We honestly think he was made for the role of Prince Eric.

9. Prince Royce

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Prince Royce is the Dominican Prince we’ve been waiting to see on the big screen. Can’t you just imagine him jumping into the ocean in a desperate attempt to save Halle Bailey from certain doom? We know we could.

10. Tyler Posey

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Tyler Posey has the exact kind of face that would make any girl fall in love with him after seeing him on the deck of a boat for five minutes. Additionally, the actor of Mexican descent fronts his own band called “Lost in Kostko”.

11. Tristan Mack Wilds

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Tristan Wilds has a resume that would put most young actors to shame. The Cuban-American actor has been in critically-acclaimed movies like “The Secret Life of Bees” and  “Red Tails” and he’s also starred in hit TV shows like the “90210” reboot and “Shots Fired.”  We’d love to see him put on an over-the-top costume for “The Little Mermaid” and show us his range.

12. Danilo Carrera

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Danilo Carrera is a stunning Ecuadorian actor and model who bears an uncanny resemblance to Prince Eric. We would love to see him break into the US market with a meaty role in a big-budget film like “The Little Mermaid” remake.

13. Jencarlos Canela

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Jencarlos Canela is a triple threat: actor, singer, Cubano. But, seriously, this talented guy definitely has what it takes to hold his own against Halle Bailey in this live-action remake. Just check out his incredible Insta account!

14. Ismael Cruz Cordova

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Puerto Rican actor Ismael Cruz Cordova had an incredible year, starring in both “Mary Queen of Scots” with Saoirse Ronan and “Miss Bala” with Gina Rodriguez, so we know he could handle being on the set of a blockbuster movie like “The Little Mermaid”. And not only is Cordova incredibly talented, but he’s also incredibly hot.

15. Samuel Larsen

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Samuel Larsen first hit the scene by entering the TV contest “The Glee Project” and winning a role on the hit TV series, “Glee”. Most recently, Larsen flexed his acting chops in the role of Zed in the sexy teen drama “After”.This brooding actor/singer of Mexican descent would be a really interesting choice to play the traditionally upbeat role of Prince Eric.

16. Diego Tinoco

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You may know Diego Tinoco as the character Cesar Diaz on the Netflix show “On My Block”. Tinoco may seem young, but one look at his Instagram page, and you’d be well-assured that he’s old enough to play a leading man in a Disney movie. Cesar Diaz is all grown up!

17. Froy Gutierrez

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You may know Mexican-American actor Froy Gutierrez from shows such as “Bella and the Bulldogs”, “One Day at a Time”, and “Teen Wolf”. It’s easy to imagine Gutierrez standing on a beach, looking out into the sea for his long-lost love, Ariel. We definitely stan this dream casting.

 
 

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‘The Tax Collector’ Director Denies That Shia LeBeouf Is In Brownface

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‘The Tax Collector’ Director Denies That Shia LeBeouf Is In Brownface

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Shia LeBeouf is in the new movie “The Tax Collector” and people are accusing him of brownface for this role. The actor takes on the accent for the role and got a chest tattoo to do the role authentically. For some, it is cultural appropriation and it has started a debate.

Shia LeBeouf is the man in “The Tax Collector” and people have questions.

The pulse-pounding trailer has all of the action you can handle so you can only imagine what the full movie is like. The movie is all about the tax collector having to fight to protect his family when a rival takes over his turf. LeBeouf is ready to do whatever it takes to save his family.

Some people are very upset about the role for LeBeouf.

The tattoos and the accent are too much for people. Some have argued that the role was not at all a way of cultural appropriation. Instead, LeBeouf is playing a white role that happens to have grown up in a neighborhood where he picked up the accent and a certain way of dress.

The argument is going both ways with people fighting to defend him.

While the role could be really problematic for some, others see themselves reflected in it. There are many people defending LeBeouf because they too grow up in a neighborhood and took on the culture of the neighborhood.

The director of the film, David Ayer, spoke out saying that LeBeouf is not in brownface.

“He’s a white guy playing a white guy. He’s not taking anyone’s work away,” Ayer told the LA Times to calm the critics.

What do you think?

READ: Bon Appétit Editor Adam Rapoport Resigns Over Brownface Scandal

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Disney Just Announced That We Won’t Have To Wait For The Pandemic To End In Order To Watch Mulan— Thank The Ancestors!

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Disney Just Announced That We Won’t Have To Wait For The Pandemic To End In Order To Watch Mulan— Thank The Ancestors!

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After months of delays and waiting, Disney has announced that Mulan fans will no longer have to wait for a major theatrical release to see the live-action version of the animated classic. On Tuesday the Walt Disney Company revealed that the film will no longer seek a major theatrical release and that the blockbuster’s debut will take place on the subscription streaming service, Disney+.

To see the movie, customers will need to pay an additional $29.99 on top of the cost of the monthly subscription for Disney+

“In order to meet the needs of consumers during this unpredictable period, we thought it was important to find alternative ways to bring this exceptional family-friendly film to them in a timely manner,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek explained in a statement according to Variety. “We see this as an opportunity to bring this incredible film to a broad audience currently unable to go to movie theaters.”

The company has said that it plans to release Mulan in theaters in areas where Disney+ is not available to audiences.

According to Variety, “The decision to put Mulan on premium video-on-demand further emphasizes the studio’s increased reliance on Disney Plus at a time when most of their business — from theme parks and cruises to movie theaters and retail stores — have been crippled by the pandemic. Research, Chapek says, suggests that bringing a high-profile release like Mulan to homes “will act as a fairly large stimulus to sign up for Disney Plus.”

Mulan had been originally scheduled for a theatrical debut on March 27 and was meant to be Disney’s biggest theatrical release for the year.

Disney shelled out a $200 million budget and in early March the studio set up a lavish red carpet premiere at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Days later, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Disney to postpone the movie’s release. The movie’s debut was then pushed back several times before Disney announced last week that they would indefinitely remove it from the release calendar. Fortunately, they’ve changed their mind and Mulan will debut on the streamer’s new platform on September 4, 2020.

Disney’s latest version of Mulan stars actress Yifei Liu as the titular character based on the legend of a female Chinese warrior who disguises herself and takes her father’s place as a soldier.

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