Has Emma Watson been cast as Ariel in a live action remake of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid?” While many fans may be disappointed to hear it — especially with rumors of Daniel Radcliffe of fellow “Harry Potter” fame playing Prince Eric — news has been revealed this week that these “inside reports” were all only a hoax. The Inquisitr confirms this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, that while both Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe may always be remembered as great actors, they won’t be earning any awards for their nonexistent roles in a “Little Mermaid” movie project.
A number of understandably excited fans have been rushing to social network and media sites like Facebook and Twitter to share the news of a photo that has quickly gone viral in only a matter of hours — Emma Watson with reddish hair in what looks to be a live action poster for the new Disney film, “The Little Mermaid.” The words “Coming Soon” were also featured on the so-called poster, eliciting only more anticipation from fans.
However, Emma Watson has made it quite clear yesterday in a statement that she is not playing Ariel and there is no “The Little Mermaid” project at the movies in the works, at least to her knowledge. The hoax seemingly captured even more hopefuls after claiming that Daniel Radcliffe (also from the “Harry Potter” movies) would be playing a new role as her prince in the live action film, Prince Eric.
One such posting from confused but hopeful fans wrote this week on Facebook:
“I saw a thing earlier this morning saying there’s talk of a Little Mermaid live action movie to be released in 2015 starring Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe.”
Sadly, it’s not true, and the entire hoax has come as part of an April Fools prank from MuggleNet News. Interestingly enough, this prank first came about just under two years ago, on April 1, 2012. However, while the joke is a number of months old now, many people were unaware of it, which is why people were thinking it might be true this week! The hoax of Emma Watson cast as Ariel was quite convincing, however, as the original posting noted:
“Emma was seen leaving an aquatics facility this past weekend in Los Angeles. We can only assume that this means she has started training for her role as Ariel. Yes, training. As this is a live action film, Emma must take on several aquatic disciplines including SCUBA-diving, synchronized swimming, and diving. In addition to athletic training, Emma will also be singing the original songs from the animated version such as “Part of Your World.”
Are you disappointed that Emma Watson won’t be in a new live action movie remake of “The Little Mermaid” by Disney? While many fellow “Harry Potter” fans may be, Emma Watson (and Daniel Radcliffe) have been in a variety of impressive roles since then, so there’s still a lot to enjoy from this talented witch and wizard.