Sorry redheads, there’s a big change in the new ‘Little Mermaid’ version

With a new live-action Little Mermaid in the works, we’ll be headed under the sea once again. Even though you might already have your dinglehopper at the ready, this new Little Mermaid is not based on Disney’s Little Mermaid. This means we’re not going to find any live-action Flounder, Sebastian, or Prince Eric. And that’s not the only major difference: the newest Little Mermaid will not have red hair.

Universal is adapting the Hans Christian Andersen tale for the big screen. And while Disney also adapted that same Hans Christian Andersen story back in 1989, this is going to be a completely new take on the fairy tale that we’ve come to know and love over the years. Last month, Chloë Grace Moretz was cast as the titular mermaid, and is excited to get her feet wet in the role. She’s also not required to dye her hair fiery red.

Talking to Entertainment Tonight, Moretz explained that the movie — written by Richard Curtis, with a director still TBA — will be “a modern, revisionist tale… making it progressive for young women” and that’s what we like to hear. When asked about LM’s hair color, Moretz lets slip that she won’t be doing a thing to it, since her character will follow the description laid out by Andersen back in its original publication in 1837. Yup, the OG LM had blonde hair.

Before you get all up in arms about this, and toss all your thingamabobs out the window, the Disney version was actually supposed to have a blonde Ariel. For one, Disney was looking to follow Andersen’s original character, and two, Disney executives wanted her to have blonde hair as well. However, when animating the character, the animators working on Ariel realized that blonde hair was difficult to darken underwater and then lighten up on land. Besides, red hair simply looked better with Ariel’s green fin. And on top of all of that, Disney had recently released Splash with the blonde Daryl Hannah, and didn’t want any sort of mermaid confusion.

So Ariel got red hair, and the rest is history. Of course, in the case of the new TLM, history won’t be repeating itself

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