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The Princess And The Frog – A Live-Action Casting call

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Have you ever thought about who would be best to take the lead roles in a live-action adaptation? We’re going to look at the casting for The Princess And The Frog and hope that someday it happens.

Over the last several years Disney has delighted us with a few live-action remakes of their classic animated films. Such as Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and the Lion king to list a few. There have also been whisperings of more to come. These include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pinocchio and of course the long-awaited Little Mermaid. Which has been promised to us for the last 10 years. There’s also word out there that there may be a remake of Snow White and Peter Pan as well… But, do we really need another Snow White or Peter Pan live-action Film? Is the mighty ‘Hook’ from 1991 not enough to keep our Peter Pan longings at bay?

Come on Disney, instead of trying to rehash the poison apple, speaking mirrors and pirates of old. All this has been done to death by plenty of film companies. Remake a film that really made waves in the ’00s, which not only got nominated for several Academy awards but also had one hell of a soundtrack. Come on Princess and the Frog live-action remake where are you?

Unfortunately, there’s not a single plan yet put forward for this remake. But as there are so many amazing actors that could fill some of these roles. We thought we would cast the film for Disney in hopes that they would carry on where we left off and make it!

Tiana

Back when they were casting for the original film, according to IMDB, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, and Tyra Banks were all in the running to voice the role. With both Keys and Banks personally rallying for the part. The part was finally offered to Hudson’s, Dream Girls co-star Anika Noni Rose.

As the Princess and the Frog (2009), was the Studio’s first musical film, since Beauty and the Beast (1991), where all the voice actors do both the speaking and singing parts. It’s only right that for the live-action version we give it the same courtesy. And cast as many parts as we can with actors that can do both.

China Anne McClain – For this casting option for The Princess and the Frog we’ve picked someone that has been right under the studio’s noses. Disney Channel alumni China Anne McClain.

McClain is the perfect candidate for the role of Tiana. Not only has she got experience acting and singing in both ‘A.N.T. Farm’ and the Disney Channels film franchise ‘Descendants’. She is also known for being the kick-ass female superhero ‘Lighting’ in Netflix ‘Black Lightning’. Giving her the best experience to play the inspirationally strong-willed Tiana.

Granted, it looks like she is currently thinking about an acting break and working on some of her own projects. But maybe the lure of a Disney princess status and the fact that half of the job will be voice acting, something she hasn’t done much of yet, may persuade her to say yes to the role.

Prince Naveen

In the original movie, Prince Naveen was voiced by Bruno Campos. A Brazilian actor who imitated a French accent for the role. This fit Prince Naveen’s character as he is from the made-up country of Maldonia. Yet, as it is a made-up land it doesn’t really matter which accent the Prince has. But as it worked in the original, why not cast an actor whose first languages are Spanish like Bruno Campos or French Like Prince Naveen.

David Alvarez – David Alvarez, known for being one of the original Billy’s in Broadway’s Billy Elliot. He’s a highly successful dancer and actor across some of the world’s most famous stages. He is also soon to hit the big screen for the first time as one of the main characters ‘Bernardo Vasquez’ in Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the 1957 musical West Side Story rumoured to be released December 10th 2021.

Alvarez, would make the best Prince Naveen. Not only in physical likeness but his acting, singing and dancing credentials alone make him the number one casting option.

Charlotte La Bouff

The outgoing friend of Tiana will need someone just as bubbly as she is. Although she isn’t the main subject of the film, as much as she would have wanted to have been, there is still quite a big role here. There are some big shoes to fill from the original voice actor Jennifer Cody.

Maddie Ziegler – Dance moms favourite Maddie is the best formula of energy and sassiness which she could harness and use to really make this character her own. The dancer, actress, author and model has already appeared in a host of roles including Sia’s iconic music videos. She is also set to feature alongside our Prince Naveen pick – David Alvarez, as Velma in West Side Story later this year.

Dr Facillier (Shadow Man)

The main Antagonist Dr Faciller could be one of the trickier characters to cast. Not because he is a difficult character to master. But because there is a whole host of actors that could do him justice and I’m sure would like to take on the role. Even the original voice of the Shadow Man, Keith David could play the live-action part.

Other names that have been considered in casting for the Princess and the Frog include Terrence Howard (who was the original voice of Tiana’s Father), Forest Whitaker, Morris Chestnut, and even Will Smith. But when we really thought about it there’s only one legendary actor that would really nail the character for us.

Don Cheadle – After almost four decades of acting and a plethora of Emmy and Academy Award nominations.

Cheadle has played almost every kind of role you can think of from staring in the Marvel franchise, Portraying comedy character’s, serious biographical character’s all the way to his small role in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. But I think The Shadow man is one that Cheadle can really put all his experiences into. This is one character we really want to see happen!

Laurence

Originally voiced by Peter Bartlett there is an argument to cast him for the part. Or even the likes of Timothy Spall as he has done similar roles like this in Enchanted (2007). But this character is the only one that is up for interpretation as he is not a huge role. Yet he is an important piece to the film’s narrative. He is the one that gets morphed into Price Naveen’s body. With the storyline the way it is, where he looking to get married to Charlotte a 19-year-old (as Naveen), it would make sense to go with a younger actor.

Gaten Matarazzo – We already know from his years as Dustin in ‘Stranger Things’ that this kid has the comedy chops! But what would be good to see is if he could portray the sneakiness of the character too, something we haven’t seen from him yet. We’re pretty sure he has it in the acting bank though.

Edora (Tiana’s Mum)

The incredible Oprah Winfrey voiced this part in the original. Again there’s nothing to say she couldn’t be cast for this part now. But there is one other actress and singer that could take this part and make it into a bigger one. After all, if you look at the remakes such as Beauty and the Beast (2017) where there were new songs added. Maybe we could add a song into this remake too, especially for Edora.

Jenifer Hudson – After the film upset of 2019 which was ‘Cats’, Hudson needs a bit of a redo on the animated to live-action film front. Known as a singer first but still an amazing actress she can follow on the desire to have a full cast that performs all their parts especially if she gets a new song just for her.

James (Tiana’s Dad)

In the Lion King films, animated and live-action, they used the same voice for Mufasa (Simba’s dad), James Earl Jones. We’re proposing that The Princess and the Frog follow their lead. After all, he is only in the first scene but how cool would it be to get the original voice to come back for the part?

Terrence Howard – There’s no need for casting to look for anyone else when this guy is right here to play the part in The Princess and the Frog. Also after six seasons of Empire, it might be nice to see Howard in a softer role.

Mama Odie

For Mama Odie, to get the look and feel of the character right we do need to go a little older than the original actor Jenifer Lewis. To match with the cartoon, and we were thinking of going iconic for this quirky yet brilliant character.

Patti LaBelle – As a legendary singer and actress, LaBelle will knock this role out of the park, I can’t wait to hear her blast out ‘Dig a little deeper’, can you?

Big Daddy’ La Bouff

When you look at the characterisation of Big Daddy, and take his name into consideration, there’s no wonder they cast John Goodman as the voice. But 11 years after the film was released it might be a good idea to change the character up and go for someone else for the role.

Jack Black – What if the play on Big Daddy, was that he wasn’t that tall? If that’s something we could factor in. In later years Black has done quite a few family films and would make a great addition to the line-up.

Voice Roles

Ray

There are two main roles within this film which need to be cast too, Ray being one of them. Originally voiced by Jim Cummings. Ray is the heart and the soul of this picture and needs someone with experience to bring this strange but loveable little firefly to life.

Steve Buscemi – Over the years Buscemi has been cashing in on his voice acting work in films such as G-Force (2009), The Boss Baby (2017) and the Hotel Transylvania film series (2012 – 2021). He is more than equipped to voice the lovesick Ray.

Louis

The Alligator just wants to play the trumpet in the band. He’s a big voice to cast and again with some big boots to fill as Michael-Leon Wooley really gave him the personality he deserves in the first feature. The Alligator was named after the great Louis Armstrong so whoever we cast needs to live up to the expectations.

CeeLo Green – Singer-songwriter isn’t hugely known for his acting skills, but he has picked up some roles along the way, mainly as a performer. But for us, with his personality, there’s no one better to play the role.


Well, this is our idea of casting the main characters in The Princess and The Frog, what do you think? Do you have any other suggestions? If so, comment below and let us know.


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Hogwarts Houses For MCU Characters

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Since its conception, Hogwarts houses have been a deciding factor in getting to know people. How someone answers “what Hogwarts house are you in?” can tell you a lot about a person. But where do some of our favourite MCU characters shape up when faced with the sorting hat?

Tony Stark/Iron Man- Ravenclaw

While Tony could be argued for almost any of the houses, Ravenclaw suits him best. Most of his development comes from the pursuit of knowledge. Aside from being one of the smartest characters in the MCU, he is constantly learning and improving upon his technology. He tends to approach large problems from a strategic and pragmatic standpoint, especially in his later films. Admittedly he can be brave and somewhat self-servingly ambitious. But who he is at the end of his arc and the way that he solves problems points to Iron Man being in Ravenclaw.

Steve Rogers/Captain America- Gryffindor

Is it even a question? Steve Rogers is definitely a Gryffindor. From day one, he has always strived to do what’s right. And he subtly wants a bit of glory for it too. He’s a natural leader and has always rushed into danger without a thought. He is undoubtedly driven by bravery and righteousness and is through and through a Gryffindor.

Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow- Hufflepuff

Natasha is tricky. She could truthfully swing in any direction. It may seem strange to put a spy in Hufflepuff, but if nothing else, Natasha is loyal. She cares deeply for those close to her and has shown that she’s willing to die for them. Her characterization throughout the MCU has been lacking, but her solo film has shown her to be fiercely loyal.

Bruce Banner/The Hulk- Ravenclaw

Another Ravenclaw. Similar to Tony, Bruce is very intelligent. While he seems to be less inclined to want to fight battles than Tony is, he is constantly learning. His relationship with the Hulk can even be characterized this way. By a desire to learn how to control him, then to understand him, then to become him. His arc is one that is driven by knowledge.

Thor- Gryffindor

Thor is always looking to prove himself. Even though he can lift the hammer, he is constantly looking for validation that he is worthy. He’s not usually afraid of much, and when he is, he faces it anyway. What makes Thor a Gryffindor though is his desire to be the hero. He’s not in Slytherin because he doesn’t desire to rule. He’s not ambitious, he just wants validation.

Peter Parker/Spiderman- Gryffindor

Peter is another hard one. He’s intelligent like Bruce and Tony, which could throw him into Ravenclaw. He’s loyal to his friends, which could put him into Hufflepuff. But at his core, Peter is in Gryffindor. The proof is in one of his first lines in the MCU. In Civil War, he tells Tony, “if you can do the things I do, and you don’t, then bad things happen because of you. (paraphrased)” He feels that because he’s special, he has to act. And unlike Steve and Thor, Peter is almost always afraid. He faces his challenges in spite of that. And while he wants to have a normal life, and a typical High School experience, he selflessly puts himself on the line. Once again, Peter is not looking for recognition, he’s just trying to do the right thing.

Dr Strange- Ravenclaw

Lots of Ravenclaws in the MCU. For Dr Strange, there really isn’t any other option. He is completely driven by the pursuit of knowledge. And while recognition came with that, we see with his journey into the mystic arts that his true motivation comes from learning. He’s a very similar character to Tony Stark, and both of them are textbook Ravenclaws.

Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch- Hufflepuff

Like Natasha, Wanda is driven by her relationships. She is faithfully loyal to her brother, then Vision, then her family. She is definitely motivated to protect and care for those she loves. Including creating an entire alternate reality to be with them! Wanda is brave and intelligent, but at her core, she is loyal.

Loki- Slytherin

Finally, a Slytherin. Once again, was there any other option? Loki is characterized by his cunning and ambition. He wants to rule. And he doesn’t get there by rushing into battle. He gets there by being sneaky and clever. Loki is a Slytherin through and through.

Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel- Slytherin

This may not feel like the obvious choice for Carol, but she definitely portrays characteristics of a Slytherin. She’s the best, and she wants people to know it. She’s confident and clever, and she likes attention. We don’t know her very well yet, but from what we’ve seen, she seems to relish in the attention her efforts provide. She is good, helpful, and ambitious.

T’Challa/Black Panther- Hufflepuff

T’Challa is also driven by loyalty. But while he is protective of those he loves, his true loyalty is to Wakanda. He’s not king because of ambition, he’s king out of duty. Everything he does is through the lens of “what is best for Wakanda?” While it’s a bit unconventional, his loyalty to Wakanda characterizes him as a Hufflepuff.

Scott Lang/Ant-Man- Gryffindor

At first, it appears that Scott would be in Hufflepuff. After all, he is very motivated by his relationship with his daughter. But if he were truly 100% driven by that, he would have made different choices. He would not have betrayed Hope and Hank and teamed up with Captain America without their permission. He also would not have stolen from his company and landed in jail in the first place. But both of those above decisions do characterize him as a Gryffindor. He wants to be in the action, and he doesn’t always consider the consequences. Scott isn’t really looking for recognition and is not that ambitious, but he does want to be involved in the big events. He wants to help people, and he bravely faces battles. Sometimes without discretion.


Do you agree with our picks for these MCU characters in Hogwarts Houses? If not or if we’ve missed any out, leave us a comment below.


Check out our review of Black Widow HERE.

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