Casting Call: Disney Princesses
Since there’s a slew of fairy-tale remakes that have been or are being made lately, I thought I’d share my thoughts on who I would cast as the ever-famous Disney Princesses.
Renee Olstead as Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
At 22 Renee is young enough to capture the innocence and naivete of Ariel, but old enough so that the movie couldn’t be considered child pornography (does anyone else think it’s creepy that Ariel was 16 years old?). She has the right mix of sweet and sultry with just a touch of ethereal and at 5’3″, she’s perfect to play the little mermaid.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
Her name means beauty and there are few women in Hollywood who can match Mary Elizabeth’s perfectly symmetrical and classic stunning face. Her old Hollywood looks and spunky personality would be perfect for the adventurous bookworm who scorns the advances of the dumb handsome man and instead partakes in bestiality. Beauty and the Beast is kind of creepy too, now that I think about it.
Dianna Agron as Aurora/Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty)
When Princess Aurora was born she was blessed with beauty and a lovely singing voice. Dianna has both. Her stunning face screams fairy-tale princess and she has proved her singing skills time and again on Glee. With her tall, willowy shape, she could match the grace and poise that Aurora is known for. Even if she’s also only 16. Again, ew.
Lucy Hale as Snow White (Snow White)
Lucy is a tiny girl with pale skin, big round eyes, and hair as black as snow. Physically she fits the bill down to a T. Her role on ABC Family is about a teenage girl (seriously, Disney, pedophiles much?) who has a relationship with her much older teacher. Like Snow White, she’s not a girl, not yet a woman.
Isabella Leong as Mulan (Mulan)
The fresh-faced Leong proved she can kick butt in The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and showed us her masculine side in Spider Lillies. Isabella could pull off the pretty girl trying to please her parents, and the disguised warrior who wins the heart of Shang (who must have been very confused with the whole cross-dressing situation).
Julia Jones as Pocahontas (Pocahontas)
There’s no doubt that Julia is drop-dead gorgeous. Stunning enough to stop John Smith in his tracks (even with the language barrier). But beyond that, her demeanor holds the right amount of seriousness that Pocahontas lives with as she fights to save her people from the crazy Radcliff and his funny hat.
Amanda Seyfried as Cinderella (Cinderella)
She’s Hollywood’s IT girl, the right mix of sultry adult and girl-next-door. With her long blonde locks and big round eyes, she’s a cartoon come to life. Amanda has already proved her acting abilities and affinity for romantic movies, so let’s just make this happen already.
Freida Pinto as Jasmine (Aladdin)
This one doesn’t need much explanation, since Pinto is pretty much the splitting image of Jasmine. She’s great at expressing emotions and I can see her filling the role of the rebellious teenager turned love-struck princess very well.
Jurnee Smollet as Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)
Jurnee has the right fan base for this sort of movie, consiting of both adults who have followed her career as a child actress and kids who have started to like her from her more recent movies. She’s very pretty and capable of playing one of the best Disney role-models created.
Aimee Teegarden as Rapunzel (Tangled)
Looks-wise she’s got it all with the characteristic long blonde hair and cute freckles. She’s known mostly for playing Coach Taylor’s daughter on Friday Night Lights, a show in which her character matured and grew up, just like Rapunzel does on her journey outside of the tower walls.
Hayley Atwell as Megara (Hercules)
Okay, she’s not exactly considered one of the Disney princess. But it was this photo of Hayley that inspired me to start casting like crazy. Not only does she resemble Meg impeccably (pretty brown hair and eyes, beautiful face, curvaceous figure) but her spunky attitude in Captain America sealed the deal with this perfect pairing.