Disney Live-Action Reboots We’d Love to See — From Aladdin to The Little Mermaid — Plus Our Dream Castings!

Aladdin
Aladdin is our no. 1 pick for Disney's next live-action remake.  

As we anxiously await the tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast, and prepare to get down to business with Mulan, Disney’s live-action remakes are on everyone’s minds. It helps that box office sweetheart Cinderella has already brought in close to $335 million worldwide. 

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So Us Weekly decided to get ahead of the game and come up with a list of suggestions (nudge, nudge Disney) for the next remakes and who could potentially star in them. 

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Without further ado, here are our picks for upcoming films and who could play the iconic leads. Note: These are just friendly suggestions! Tell Us your picks in the comments! 

Aladdin dream cast
Tyler Posey, Naya Rivera, Eric Stonestreet.

1. Aladdin
Aladdin: Tyler Posey
Jasmine: Naya Rivera
Genie: Eric Stonestreet

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Ever wanted to visit Agrabah and meet the pet tigers, magic carpets, and sultans? This should be the no. 1 remake on Disney’s “To-Do” list! No one’s better suited to play the street-smart Aladdin than Teen Wolf heartthrob Tyler Posey. With his olive skin and a mischievous twinkle in his eyes, we could totally see him as Prince Ali. Naturally, he needs an equally mesmerizing Jasmine with a little signature sass, and who better to play her than Glee’s Naya Rivera? Though it will be hard to replace the iconic Genie, voiced by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 original, funnyman Eric Stonestreet could definitely bring his own spin to the dynamic role. 

Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid originally hit theaters in 1989.

2. The Little Mermaid
Ariel: Bella Thorne
Prince Eric: Josh Bowman

Little Mermaid dream cast
Bella Thorne and Josh Bowman

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The redheaded princess from under the sea has been a fan favorite ever since 1989, and it’s already been remade on the Broadway stage. And if they can do it in the theater, surely big screen audiences would be in for a Splash-meets-Disney reboot that would delight. Since King Triton’s daughter is still fairly young in the films, a former Disney Channel star like Bella Thorne makes the most sense to play the fin-flipping mermaid. For her dark-haired prince, we were thinking Revenge’s Josh Bowman. He’s studly, swarthy, and sexy (as all Prince Erics should be), plus, his lack of singing skills won’t matter since the naive prince doesn’t belt out any tunes in the film. For the evil Ursula, who better than the ever-powerful NeNe Leakes? Her role in Broadway’s Cinderella is the perfect prep for the part. 

Pocahontas
Pocahontas originally premiered in 1995.

3. Pocahontas
Pocahontas: Vanessa Hudgens
John Smith: Chace Crawford

Pocahontas dream cast
Vanessa Hudgens and Chace Crawford

After the epic 1995 classic, aren’t you ready to the see the un-animated “Colors of the Wind”? With all the emphasis on historically-inspired fodder, both in Disney and even at the Oscars, Pocahontas is a logical choice for one of the upcoming live-action recreations. To navigate us “Just Around the Riverbend,” we’d like to see Vanessa Hudgens in the title role. She’s already proven her vocal abilities in the High School Musical franchise, plus she’s currently starring on Broadway in Gigi. For her rucksack-carrying leading man, we were thinking a charming dreamboat like Gossip Girl alum Chace Crawford. But if it turns out he can’t sing, Armie Hammer and Chris Pine might also be available. 

Hercules
Hercules hit theaters in 1997.

4. Hercules
Hercules: Channing Tatum
Megara: Mila Kunis

Hercules dream cast
Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis

The 1997 original is by far the most underrated Disney musical out there, so it only makes sense that it should get a live-action version. To help redeem these two from the tragedy that was Jupiter Ascending, we think Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis would make the perfect match as the slightly airhead hero and his quippy lady love. Plus, Tatum can put those biceps to good use in Hercules’ smoldering costumes.

Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame was released in 1996.

5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Esmeralda: Eva Mendes

Quasimodo: Jack Black

Hunchback of Notre Dame dream cast
Eva Mendes and Jack Black

So maybe it’s because Eva Mendes named her daughter Esmeralda, but we could total see her shaking her tambourine and swaying her hips as the mesmerizing street performer. No word yet on her vocal abilities, but Demi Moore could always do a voice over since she was the voice of the original character in 1996. Jack Black has a history in music with his group Tenacious D and films like School of Rock, plus he has no problem with role make-unders, making him the perfect bell ringer. 

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