Awkwafina has reportedly joined the cast of Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.”
The “Crazy Rich Asians” star will take on the role of Scuttle, the eccentric seagull who claims to be an expert on human culture.
The news comes from journalist Kris Tapley, who also announced Jacob Tremblay’s casting as the tropical fish Flounder.
Disney, however, is yet to confirm their parts, as well as Melissa McCarthy’s, who is said to play the villainous sea witch Ursula.
With the McCarthy news in, I’ve also heard Jacob Tremblay for Flounder and Awkwafina for Scuttle. #TheLittleMermaid
— Kris Tapley (@kristapley) June 29, 2019
Last week, director Rob Marshall confirmed Halle Bailey’s role as Princess Ariel, an announcement met with controversy.
In the 1989 animated film, Scuttle was one of Ariel’s best friends, helping her in times of trouble.
Call your nai nai and say hello to @TheFarewell — This July pic.twitter.com/Ts9Ufx0T9f
— A24 (@A24) May 7, 2019
Awkwafina also stars in the upcoming Netflix series “Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” as well as Sony’s sequel to “Jumanji,” “Jumanji: the Next Level.”
For now, fans can look forward to seeing the 31-year-old actor in her first dramatic role in “The Farewell”, which hits theaters on July 12.