We’re back with part 4 of our dream casting for Disney classics we want to be made into live action films. As we know, Disney Studios has announced several live action remakes are in the works, including Mulan, Lion King and Dumbo. However, there are still some films out there that we’d love to see get some attention as well. So Laurel, one of your Babes of Wonderland hosts, picked two animated Disney films she’d like to see go next. Last time we presented you with an ideal (at least in Laurel’s opinion) cast for Hercules and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. This time we’ll look at who could fill the shoes of your favorite characters from The Princess and the Frog and Treasure Planet.
The Princess and the Frog
Cynthia Erivo as Tiana
If you’re unfamiliar with Cythia Erivo’s work, be prepared to be floored. Coming off a recent run in Broadway’s The Color Purple, she has a powerhouse voice and the acting chops to give Tiana the deep and nuanced portrayal she deserves.
Aaron Diaz as Prince Naveen
Aaron Diaz is a Mexican singer, actor, and model, recently featured on the ABC show Quantico. Something tells us that he’d be pretty believable as the lovable Lothario Naveen.
Amanda Seyfried as Charlotte Le Bouffe
We know Amanda can sing, see her work in Mama Mia and Les Miserables. She can also play serious and silly, see the same films and her run on Veronica Mars. She could pull off the role of Charlotte in her sleep.
Keith David as Dr. Facilier
This may be cheating, as David played Dr. Facilier in the animated film as well. But it’s plain to see that artists took a lot of inspiration from the veteran actor, and could you imagine anyone else singing about his friends on the other side?
Loretta Devine as Mama Odie
Loretta Devine would bring the singing, acting and comedic skills that the role of Mama Odie definitely requires. Her sassy and fun personality balanced with her ability to be determined and serious would help to bring the character of Mama Odie from animation to real life, perhaps incorporating a little more practical voodoo in her scenes to give the character some needed heft and believably.
Ron Funches as Louis (Voice)
Ron Funches is one of the funniest comics around and his voice is distinctive and inviting. He’d offer a great, if slightly different take on Louis.
Dylan O’Brien as Jim Hawkins
Dylan O’Brien has an interesting combination of dramatic and comedic timing, using sarcasm liberally in many of his roles. This would lend itself easily to young Jim Hawkins who is struggling to find his place in the universe.
Ray Stevenson as John Silver
You only need to look at Stevenson’s work on Black Sails, to know that he could bring a weight and darkness to the character of John Silver. His work could elevate the film to something suspenseful and thrilling, something sorely missing in the original animated version.
James D’Arcy as Delbert Doppler
After playing Jarvis on ABC’s Peggy Carter series, it’s clear that James D’Arcy could make an excellent Dr. Delbert Doppler. As Jim’s scientifically genius, but socially awkward mentor and minder, the character brings a lot of warmth and comedy to the film.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Captain Amelia
If you’ve seen the film Belle, staring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, then you know she has some serious acting prowess. She could bring all of it when playing Captain Amelia, who has to both be a stern and tough captain, and accessible enough to believe as the love interest of Dr. Doppler. Mbatha-Raw would bring a poise and elegance to the portrayal, as well as the needed warmth.
Patton Oswalt as B.E.N. (Voice)
Martin Short voiced the character of B.E.N. in the animated film, but his exuberance almost overpowered every scene. Patton Oswalt is equally funny but more subdued in overall tone (see his work in another Disney film Ratatouille), he would make a great comedic side-kick.
So that’s our casting, what are your thoughts? Think you can do better, leave your ideal casting in the comments!