The internet has been abuzz ever since Disney announced the star of its upcoming live-action adaptation for The Little Mermaid. But while the role of Ariel has gone to actress and musician Halle Bailey, another actor is publicly petitioning Disney to get the role of King Triton, Ariel’s dad.Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Terry Crews, the former NFL player turned actor and TV host, is publicly offering himself for the role of King Triton on his Twitter account. Fans seem to like this idea and are joining Crews in petitioning Disney to cast the actor for the role of Ariel’s father.

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Twitter users are using the hashtag #ArielsGotTerry to boost Crews’ request to be cast as Triton. Crews himself used the hashtag to post a comically photoshopped image of what Crews could look like as King Triton.

Artists like @BossLogic have tried their hands at visualizing what a Terry Crews King Triton could look like, to way better effect.

Fans seem excited by the idea of having Terry Crews as King Triton. It doesn’t hurt that Crews has the muscular build to embody the ocean royal. Twitter user Judie Levine pointed out these similarities in a picture that combined one of Terry Crews’ Men’s Health photoshoots with Triton.

Other Twitter users are suggesting alternative fan cast choices for King Triton, instead of Crews. Popular suggestions include Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (thanks, Sydne Clark) and Idris Elba (thanks, Kirbie Johnson)

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Alongside casting Halle Bailey as Ariel, rumors say Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play the villain, Ursula. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall has been tapped to helm the live-action adaptation, which is set to begin production in early 2020. We also expect to get a more complete casting list in the near future, with some announcements potentially saved for Disney’s D23 Expo in August.

Meanwhile, The Little Mermaid adaptation is just one of several live-action Disney films currently in development. Other live-action adaptations include 2020’s Mulan, and a live-action version of The Lion King that will be released later this month. Be sure to check out the first trailer for Mulan below.

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Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can find him on Twitter.



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