17 June 2014 by

Model Andrej Peji? Is The First To Be Cast In Sofia Coppola's 'The Little Mermaid'

[Instagram: Andrej Pejic]

UPDATE: There's still no word on who will play Ariel in Sofia Coppola's adaptation of 'The Little Mermaid', but Australian model Andrej Peji? is the first star to be revealed on the cast list. How amazing! According to IMBD, Andrej will play one of Ariel's mermaid sisters.

Andrej might be best known for her work on the catwalk, but the model got a taste of acting when she starred in the television show Faith and a short film Reason. She also starred in David Bowie's music video 'The Stars' with Tilda Swinton. But something tells us she's going to make the most beautiful mermaid.

19 March 2014: Sofia Coppola Is Directing A 'Little Mermaid' Film

Sofia Coppola's trading her usual gritty, raunchy movies for something a lot more child-friendly. The director behind The Bling Ring, Lost in Translation and The Virgin Suicides has been revealed as working on a live-action version of fairytale The Little Mermaid.

Working on the remake alongside Caroline Thompson, who wrote Edward Scissorhands and Corpse Bride, she's expected to produce a much darker version of the tale than the Disney one we're used to.

The original story is actually a creepy tale about a mermaid making a deal with the devil (Ursula) so she can grow legs and dance with a prince on the land. Rather than marry her (like in the Disney version), the mermaid's prince makes her dance until her feet bleed and marries someone else. There's no happy ending. (Sob!)

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The question is - who's going to play Ariel in this more sinister tale? If Sofia wants to stick to a red-head, she's got loads of beautiful actresses to choose from. Amy Adams has already given fairytales ago with Enchanted, Isla Fischer almost drowned filming Now You See Me and Jessica Chastain is no stranger to dark roles.

BUT since Emma Watson's previously been rumoured for the role (unfortunately, it was a hoax) we reckon it's worth considering a whole host of other stars who've dressed up as mermaids and have serious mermaid vibes. Our money's on Vanessa Hudgens who's starred in gritty movies (Spring Breakers), Disney movies (High School Musical) and a fairytale remake (Beastly), AND makes a rather incredible mermaid.

[Vanessa Hudgens Instagram]

V Hud's got tough competition show. From Azealia Banks to Paris Hilton, Mariah Carey to Cara Delevingne - check out the all actresses, singers and.. er.. It-Girls who've dressed up as mermaids before in our round-up above.


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