According to Deadline, Miranda will be working with music composer Alan Menken, the mastermind behind Disney classics like “Under the Sea,” “A Whole New World,” and “Be Our Guest” to create songs and music for this live-action “Little Mermaid” masterpiece which is set to be released in 2017. We can only imagine what these two creative geniuses will come up with.
This Disney addition to Miranda’s growing list of projects is only proof the man is on fire! Just this year alone, he’s already won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album and Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score and Best Musical — all for “Hamilton.”
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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.
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1. Josh Segarra
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Toy Story 4, the long-awaited fourth film of the Toy Story franchise, hit theaters this June and we were reunited with favorites like Woody and Buzz Lightyear. We also became acquainted with a few new faces, while coming to the realization that an animated movie can still make us ugly cry.
Between meeting Forky, Gabby Gabby, Ducky and Bunny, and Duke Caboom (hey, Keanu!), Toy Story 4 introduced us to a plethora of new characters. We even met Bo Peep again, whom you might remember has been MIA for a bit. And she comes back in this fourth installment as a whole new badass Bo Peep!
There was one character in particular who stood out among the rest: Bonnie’s dad.
Credit: Toy Story 4 / Disney-Pixar
If you recall, Bonnie is the toddler in Toy Story 3 who Andy gives away all his toys to, including his beloved Woody, before he heads off to college.
With his dark hair and caramel-like complexion, Bonnie’s dad clearly looked ethnically ambiguous. We wondered what he could be and thus it raised the question, could Bonnie’s dad be Latino? He reminded us of some of our dads, tios, primos, and friends. Even when we first saw Bonnie Anderson in Toy Story 3, we knew there was something different about her. She also had ambiguous features and didn’t quite look like the standard white character we were so used to seeing in Toy Story‘s past — or many cartoon films for that matter. But at that time, we had only seen her mom.
Bonnie’s dad is actually voiced by Mexican-American actor Jay Hernandez — who revealed in several interviews discussing Toy Story 4 that he has always been a fan of the franchise and dreamed of one day voicing a character for a Disney-Pixar movie — so if we needed any clues this one is certainly it. While on the red carpet of the Toy Story 4 world premiere, Hernandez revealed that the film’s creative team even began adding touches to Bonnie’s dad that were true to him. “I went to the session wearing Converse Chuck Taylors… certain kinds of shoes, and they added that to my character, which wasn’t originally there,” the Magnum P.I. actor said. “So I thought it was sort of an homage to me, it was cool.”
In a recent interview with Remezcla, Pixar producer Jonas Rivera, who also happens to be Mexican-American, noted that our assumptions about Bonnie’s dad possibly being Latino could indeed be right.
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“We never named him; he’s just Bonnie’s Dad. But in my mind, and since I know him well I feel I can speak for Albert [Lozano], the character is a reflection of our families. Albert’s dad is Mexican American like my dad is. That’s how we see dads,” Rivera said. He noted that growing up in a home with a Mexican father and mother of English Canadian descent also inspired the design of Bonnie’s parents. “We thought Bonnie’s dad would be closer to that model of a family. I know a lot of families that way in California,” he explained.
“When we made Toy Story 3, all my family thought she was based on my sister Raquel because she looked liked her when she was really little, and now in [Toy Story 4], Bonnie sort of looks like my niece Carly.”
The question then remains, was the casting of Jay Hernandez to voice the character of Bonnie’s dad therefore intentional?
Maybe not quite, but Rivera explained that Jay just embodied what they were searching for in Bonnie’s dad perfectly.
“As a parent of three, the character is easy to relate to. He is the dad that’s always a little behind everything, and Jay was able to bring that in a truthful way,” Rivera told Remezcla. “To be totally honest with you, it wasn’t like, ‘Let’s find a Latino actor;’ it was more like, ‘Let’s find the right guy,’ but when I saw who it was with [director] Josh Cooley and [producer] Mark Nielsen, that was a bonus for me. I thought it’d be great if we could also have more diversity.”
He continued, “We make animated films about toys, monsters, and superheroes, but really we want them to be relatable to everybody and one of the ways you do that is if your films are diverse, not only the characters in the films but the people making them.”
Fans are loving the diversity the movie is bringing to the Toy Story universe.
Credit: Toy Story 4 / Disney-Pixar
The film did relatively well on having more diversity in its lineup of actors, adding the voices of those like Hernandez, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, and Ally Maki. Toy Story 4 also showcased a lesbian couple dropping off and picking up their daughter from daycare. And the lost little girl we see at the carnival, who Gabby Gabby tries to console and ultimately winds up being able to claim as her own kid, is Black.
Toy Story 4 picks up right where Toy Story 3 left off, but not before momentarily taking us back in time to tell fans what happened to Bo Peep and her sheep. The Disney-Pixar picture dives deeper into Bonnie’s world as she heads off for Kindergarten orientation and shows us once again just how far Woody will go for his kid. Woody, Forky, Buzz and the rest of the gang wind up on an epic adventure after Bonnie’s dad declares they’re going on an end-of-summer road trip.
The family’s road trip places Woody on an unexpected journey through an antique store, with little Forky (who becomes almost like Woody’s child) in tow. And even Bonnie’s dad runs into some serious bumps along the way to their destination. Oh, and if you were still doubting that he could be Latino, just wait to see his reactions to a lot of the challenges he faces.