Save Ariel The Little Mermaid Live-Action Remake!

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Rumour has it Zendaya will be offered to play the role of iconic Disney Princess, Ariel, in Disney's upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid. 

Last time I heard a rumour that upset me this much it was regarding Emma Watson and basically an entire cast of actors with thick English accents being cast for the live-action version Beauty and the Beast, which is a French tale. Much to my eternal disappointment, that rumour turned out to be true. I stayed relatively silent about that when rumours started to emerge, but since they did come true, there's no way I can stay silent this time. 

I am not saying Disney making an effort to be more inclusive with its casting decisions is necessarily a bad thing. But doing so at the expense of the movies' believability, and the fundamental appearances of these classic characters, which many fans (young and young at heart) have grown highly attached to, is. There are also other Disney stories which give great opportunity to celebrate diversity. Aladdin, Mulan, The Prince and the Frog, Pocahontas, Moana, and even The Hunchback of Notre Dame, for example.

So for the love of God, can we please just allow Ariel to be the white-skinned, redheaded girl we've all grown to know and love? Lord knows girls with red or ginger hair are pretty well under-represented in Hollywood anyway. 

Having said all that, if Disney refuses to simply cast actors who actually look like their animated character counterparts, I put forward the proposal that Disney/ Rob Marshall permit the public to vote on which actresses and actors they feel would be the best fit for these iconic roles. Allowing the public to decide will ensure that as many people as possible are pleased with the final outcome. It is also sure to boost box office ticket sales. 

Anyone signing this petition is stating they believe Disney/ Rob Marshall should either cast actors who closely resemble the original characters, OR allow the public to vote online to determine who plays what role in the upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid, and is requesting that such a vote be facilitated in a transparent and fair manner. 

Many thanks,