Crews petitioned for the role after Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel with a photoshopped image of himself as the sea king.
The "America's Got Talent" host and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star threw up a brilliantly ridiculous modified image of his buff torso atop a merman tale with a trident, captioning it, "Ariel's Dad!!!!" He even threw in an "AGT"-inspired hashtag in case his intentions weren't crystal clear: #ArielsGotTerry.
"After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role," director Rob Marshall confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.
While casting is still in its early stages -- with names like Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder and Awkwafina as Scuttle being tossed about -- the casting of an African-American young woman as Ariel certainly opens the door for Crews to take on the iconic role of her strict father King Triton.
There's also a lot of online support for Idris Elba, who is a fantastic actor ... but did he Photoshop himself as King Triton so we could visualize it already? Plus, we love that Crews is lobbying so hard for the role already.
Plus, if we're being totally honest, is there another actor who can play hugely intimidating and teddy-bear sweet at the same time? Okay, other than The Rock?
On top of all that, King Triton was absolutely ripped even as a cartoon character, and Terry Crews certainly has the pec-tacular physique to sport Triton's shirtless ensemble. And the internet has been bandying his name about almost from the moment Bailey's name was revealed for Ariel.
Let's just say after imagining how great it would be, we'll actually be a little heartbroken if Crews is not chosen ... unless maybe they get The Rock. Okay, Elba would be good, too, but Crews would be great!
You...as King Triton?? I paid for that 🤣 pic.twitter.com/qHRgocJW9L— Vena Dacent (@VenaDragon) July 6, 2019
Well okay, but only if there's a scene where he beats up Ursula using nothing but his pecs— ᴀ ᴡɪʟᴅ Evan ᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀs (@evanskaufman) July 6, 2019
ursula messing with ariel be like pic.twitter.com/34nmHq1qoU— infecçao hospitalar (@o_pedrola) July 6, 2019
I propose Terry Crews as the new Triton King! pic.twitter.com/ovyA9hl8Na— Victor Santaella (@victorsantaella) July 5, 2019
I think Idris Elba & Terry Crews should play Ariel's two dads in the Little Mermaid. pic.twitter.com/UVW5gvdFE5— James Reddington (@JamesReddington) July 7, 2019
I’m 💯 on board with Terry Crews playing King Triton in the live action Little Mermaid 🧜♀️ 🔱 😂 https://t.co/3TfUN9X5Aa— Geeky Girl Scents (@geekygirlscents) July 7, 2019
If The Little Mermaid doesnt have Terry Crews as King Triton I'm not seeing it lol https://t.co/YMhe3bbXNC— MikeyH.B.K (@Mikey_hbk90) July 7, 2019
Someone said Terry Crews for Poseidon in Little Mermaid and honestly, Disney.. pic.twitter.com/aVEhOzLnA6— Andrè 3crày (@Mannigy) July 7, 2019
If @terrycrews isnt king triton in the upcoming little mermaid movie im going to lose it— Jan (@NotJanJan) July 5, 2019
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