Daveed Diggs is in talks to lend his voice to Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid as the crab Sebastian.
According to Variety, Disney wants the Hamilton star to play Sebastian, Ariel’s unwilling accomplice in her quest to be human. In the original movie, Sebastian serves as King Triton’s loyal advisor as well as a stern figure in Ariel’s life. He sings one of the film’s iconic songs, “Under the Sea.”
Diggs is best known for his work in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, where his fast rapping abilities were put to good use. He’s also starred in last year’s hit indie movie Blindspotting, had recurring roles on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Get Down, and Black-ish, and will soon be one of the leads in the Snowpiercer TV series.
Outside of Halle Bailey being confirmed as Ariel, no other roles have been officially cast. Speculation continues about Melissa McCarthy playing Ursula and Javier Bardem as King Triton, while up-and-coming actors like Harry Styles and Krypton‘s Cameron Cuffe are reportedly vying for the role of Prince Eric.
Directed by Rob Marshall and starring Halle Bailey, The Little Mermaid does not yet have a release date.