Cheers erupted across the internet yesterday, as it was confirmed that Disney’s next live-action remake will be none other than the mythical Greek superhero Hercules. Well, it did not take long for excited fans to take to social media and let the world know who they would like cast in these cherished roles.
With Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo aka The Russo Brothers on board as producers, fans have understandably looked towards the Marvel Cinematic Universe for casting inspiration, with one fan saying that if Thor: Ragnorak star and walking bicep Chris Hemsworth is not cast as the titular Hercules then “…what’s the point?”.
Another Hercules fan has cast the net even wider within the MCU, casting all the main roles with Marvel alumni, pegging Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson as Meg, Captain America himself Chris Evans as Hercules and has even gone one further and thrown Tom Hiddleston into the mix, presumably as the wise-cracking Hades.
One global superstar that has expressed interest in taking part in the project is Ariana Grande, who has even performed songs from the classic Disney animated movie in order to strengthen her chances. As if her case was not solid enough, one of the stars of a prior Disney live-action remake, Josh Gad, has expressed his approval of Grande playing female lead, Meg.
Could Ariana Grande play Meg in the live-action #Hercules remake? @joshgad thinks so https://t.co/4w23QrSq7kpic.twitter.com/qkeu7mbyjb
— Variety (@Variety) May 1, 2020
Gad’s feelings however are not shared by this vocal Hercules fan.
nah if they actually cast Ariana as meg in live action Hercules I’ll be so mad her voice sounds NOTHING like Susan Egan’s
— lilia nsfr // AU 📌 (@cherrywjnee) May 1, 2020
The most prominent fan-casting though has been a flurry of potential actresses and singers to play the Muses. A number of names have been suggested, with Glee actress Amber Riley being the most notable and most mentioned.
Lol I never tweeted who I’d cast:
Amber Riley – Thalia
Brandy – Terpsichore
Audra McDonald – Calliope
Anika Noni Rose – Melpomene
I couldn’t really decide for Clio but rn my heart is leaning towards Kelly Rowland.
So that’s my 5 but I wonder if Disney would do all 9 this time
— ⎊ I love you 3000 ⎊ (@IfIWereMagneto) April 30, 2020
Fans also seem to be looking to the 1990’s and early 2000’s for inspiration, as there have been several mentions of Beyonce and Kelly Rowland, who of course were both members of Destiny’s Child, as well as fans throwing the singer Brandy into the mix.
Clio- Jennifer Hudson
Terpsichore:Anika Noni Rose@DisneyStudios@Disney MAKE IT HAPPEN https://t.co/vTKfyI1KTG
— Abisai Ponce De Leon Rivera (@Abirican21) April 30, 2020
Hercules fans certainly seem to be rather unified in what they want to see from this live-action remake.
Lizzo, Kelly Rowland, Jenifer Hudson, Normani & Ryan Destiny is the best line up I’ve seen so far
— 鋼の錬金術師 (@UncoolTimi) May 1, 2020
Another popular suggestion for the role of Hercules is that of another comic book movie star, Henry Cavill, who based on his starring role in Netflix’s fantasy series The Witcher, is certainly capable of taking on mythical monsters. The fact he also looks like he has the strength of ten men can surely only work in his favor.
henry cavill as hercules yup yup pic.twitter.com/Ipi0CKoS5t
— sara ︽✵︽ brie larson love bot (@glowingdanvers) May 1, 2020
Ultimately it does not really matter who they cast in these roles so long as they bring back Danny DeVito for the role of crotchety old Satyr Phil, who takes Hercules under his wing and provides him the montages necessary to go from hero to zero. Frankly, if Disney don’t bring DeVito back, there could well be riots.
The Russo brothers are set to produce Hercules and will be working from a script by Dave Callaham. There is also no word currently on whether or not this will be developed as a Disney theatrical release or for Disney+, but based on the response so far, it is likely to be the former. The original confirmation regarding the remake came from The Hollywood Reporter.
if @ChrisHemsworth isn't casted as #Hercules then what's the point? Work your magic, @Russo_Brothers!!! https://t.co/WABhd4zUHh
— NOEL🌪 (@KingOfHotTopics) May 1, 2020
scarlett johansson as megan’s, chris evans as hercules and tom hiddleston and loki https://t.co/TPGjPK2dYK
— 𝖆𝖑𝖊𝖝𝖎𝖘, 𝖈𝖊𝖔 𝖔𝖋 𝖇𝖚𝖈𝖐𝖞𝖓𝖆𝖙 🌙. (@russiasnataliaa) May 1, 2020
Chloe Bailey, Jordan Sparks, Michelle Williams, Yolanda Adams, Amber Riley #Hercules#Musespic.twitter.com/0xEeMYXCP6
— Lil’ Julius Novachrono (@Rickadactyl) April 30, 2020
– Sevyn Streeter
– Beverley Knight,
– Elliote Williams N'Dure (if anyone saw Sylvia in Old Vic, then you know & I love a newcomer)
– Lisa Fischer
— Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu (@TristanFAiduenu) May 1, 2020
Petition for Elizabeth Gillies to play Meg in the live action Hercules pic.twitter.com/9cb4vxmCqj
— bailey (@baileyc722) May 1, 2020
now that a live action hercules is in the talks, i would to resubmit my fancast pic.twitter.com/7A8dVAbc1M
— martha (@mvrthaa) May 1, 2020
okay listen for the hercules love action… just hear me out… hercules before training… timothee chalamet.. perfect option. pic.twitter.com/rUlx6tpWFg
— jessie🦋 (@stanningbowen) May 1, 2020
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