With Bling Ring/Lost In Translation director Sofia Coppola reportedly taking on a live-action Little Mermaid movie, we got to thinking about who has the vocal prowess, dreamy looks and chutzpah-filled curiosity to play the titular character. The answer is clear—a real-life pop star needs to play the aquatic princess.
And even though this upcoming film is based on the 19th century Danish fairy tale and not the 1989 Disney film—so no guarantees the mermaid will have red hair or even sing—we couldn't help but to keep Ariel in mind when casting the perfect lead for the live-action Little Mermaid. So from Lady Gaga to Demi Lovato to Girls' Generation's Tiffany, here are the six singers we think would make excellent Ariels.
And after you check out our suggestions, we want to know who you think would make the best Little Mermaid. Vote in the poll at the end of this slideshow!
Ariana Grande rocked red hair long before her days as a ponytail queen, and she was basically born to play the role. Ariel and Ariana share plenty of common characteristics: The Little Mermaid is curious and sweet, enthusiastic and naive, things that could be said of Grande. Plus, since the young singer's Mariah Carey-esque voice is almost siren-like, she would have no trouble wooing her Prince Eric.
Sure, at 27, Gaga's not exactly the right age to play a deep-sea debutante, but have you seen her in those seashell bras? That was the hottest thing to come out of the sea since Daryl Hannah in Splash.
She's more than up to the task vocally, and any pop star who can bring a taste of Coney Island's bacchanalian Mermaid Parade to The Little Mermaid has our endorsement.
It's not a stretch to imagine K-pop star Tiffany starring in a Hollywood movie: The Girls' Generation member was born and raised in Los Angeles and proved her acting chops by starring in a South Korean Broadway production of Fame.
Following fellow Korean singers BoA (who makes her Hollywood debut in Make Your Move next month) and Rain (filming with Bruce Willis in The Prince), the landscape is better than ever for the 24-year-old singer. Plus, she looks amazing with red hair.
Demi Lovato has the voice of a mythical being and mermaids are basically angels of the sea. Her career started at Disney—here's hoping the live-action version of the fairy tale is based on the PG version—and like the other stars on this list, she can pull off red hair. More importantly, have you seen the video for "Neon Lights"? Girl has the water goddess thing on lockdown.
At 17, the Disney Channel starlet is the perfect age to play Ariel. But even more importantly, Zendaya is a great vocal match: Her voice is a fitting combining of youthful sweetness and yearning that the character requires. And although we've never seen it, there's no way Zendaya wouldn't look killer with bright-red hair.