Walt Disney Studios has found much success with their live-action adaptations of their classic animated films grossing over $4.5 billion at the worldwide box office. So it should come as no surprise that Disney is hard at work on a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. As memorable as the characters are from the animated film, Disney maybe going a new route with new film.
Our source close to the production has informed us that Disney is looking at people of color for various roles including Ariel, Eric, and Triton.
A name that Disney at one point had interest in is Keke Palmer, however it is not known if Disney had any form of discussions with Palmer or if it was merely interest. Another name floating around the studio is indeed Zendaya.
We do know that Ariana Grande which is a popular name amongst many fan casts, is not being considered at the moment.