Javier Bardem as King Triton? Actor in Talks to Star in Live-Action The Little Mermaid

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The 50-year-old actor is in talks to star as King Triton in the live-action Disney remake of The Little Mermaid, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter.

A rep for Bardem did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Bardem would be joining singer and actress Halle Bailey who was cast as Ariel earlier this month. This would be a departure for the Oscar-winning actor, who has recently starred in 2017’s Loving Pablo opposite his wife, Oscar winner Penélope Cruz, mother! with Jennifer Lawrence and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

The actor has been nominated for an Academy Award three times, winning in 2008 for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in No Country for Old Men.


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