People Magazine
July 09, 2019 9:30 am
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Gordon Ramsay might have a future in the live-action The Little Mermaid if fans have anything to say about it. The 52-year-old chef has made a household name for himself, thanks to his fiery and often expletive-filled rages on TV shows like Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef. But could he make the leap from kitchen reality shows to big-budget Disney fare? Folks online seem to think so.

Ramsay has been suggested as the actor to take on the role of Prince Eric’s crustacean-obsessed French chef Louis, who notoriously tries to cook Sebastian when the crab ventures into his kitchen.

One Twitter user made the suggestion on Saturday, tweeting, “Okay, hear me out, Gordon Ramsay as Prince Eric’s angry French chef, Louis.” Another fan tweeted, “Okay can we have Gordon Ramsay as chef Louis for the live action of the little mermaid?!?”

The role is one of the few that hasn’t been casted yet, along with the roles of Sebastian, King Triton, Prince Eric and Flotsam and Jetsam, Ursula’s eels. Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel last week, while Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay are in talks to star as Scuttle and Flounder, respectively, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bailey expressed her excitement for her new role with a post on Twitter after her casting was revealed by Disney on Wednesday. “Dream come true…,” she tweeted alongside the image of an Indian-American Ariel singing “Part of Your World” while waves crashed behind her.

Melissa McCarthy is also in talks to star as the sea witch Ursula, who strikes a deal with Ariel to give her legs in exchange for her voice. The film will feature new songs from original composer Alan Menken and co-producer Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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