The Internet Is Already Casting Lizzo In Disney’s Live-Action Adaptation of ‘Hercules’ and We’re Hoping This Dream Isn’t for Rookies

Disney fans are ready to go the distance — again. According to one article, the studio is creating a live-action version of Hercules. Almost instantly, fans took to social media, sharing their thoughts on who should portray the iconic gospel-singing Muses. Here’s what Twitter users are saying about these characters. 

Disney is reportedly making a live-action adaptation of ‘Hercules’

Sure, there’s already a Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin remake, in addition to a live-action version of Mulan, which is on the way. There’s a new Disney live-action adaptation of the works, and according to the Disinsider, fans should get ready to go the distance. The gospel truth? Disney is creating a rebooted version of their animated classic, titled Hercules. 

According to the Disinsider, “The film is expected to be a theatrical release, not a Disney+ original, like Lady and the Tramp, as well as Robin Hood and Lilo & Stitch both in pre-production.” Unfortunately, the Walt Disney Company has not confirmed much regarding the upcoming film. 

One potential director for this adaptation could be Jon Favreau, formerly of the photo-real adaptations of The Lion King and The Jungle Book. The writer also had a hand in creating the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian, although the article proposes a few other directors for the Hercules reboot.

Fans are already casting the Muses for Disney’s live-action version

There are main characters like Meg, Hercules, and Phil. However, the characters who really move the story forward are the muses, who sing their narration throughout the animated movie. Some Disney fans took to social media, sharing their suggestions of who should portray the iconic characters. The actresses most often mentioned include Lizzo and Amber Riley. 

“[I] heard Hercules is getting a live-action remake and thought I’d drop the only fan cast I care about. The Muses. Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, Keke Palmer, Coco Jones, and Amber Riley. We want dark-skinned sisters playing the roles of the Muses,” one Twitter user said.

“Imma say it. If Disney picks Lizzo (who I like) as a muse over someone like Amber Riley… I might actually rage. There are multiple black curvy women who can sing. Please don’t be basic,” another Twitter user wrote.

“I’m going to need Beyoncé, Brandy, Jennifer, Amber Riley, Lizzo, Anika, Kelly, Kierra Sheard, or some equally good Gospel Artiste. Everyone who is a Muse MUST HAVE STAMINA AND RANGE,” another Twitter user said.

Lizzo accepts Entertainer of the Year award onstage during the 51st NAACP Image Awards
Lizzo accepts Entertainer of the Year award onstage during the 51st NAACP Image Awards | Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images for BET

Lizzo previously expressed wanting to appear in a Disney live-action film

It’s unclear who will have a role in this upcoming live-action reboot. However, some of the actresses mentioned by fans already expressed interest in working with Disney. Lizzo posted a video of herself dressed as Ursula, singing “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” 

This was prior to the announcement that Melissa McCarthy would portray the character in the upcoming version of The Little Mermaid. For the Disney Singalong, Ariana Grande performed Meg’s “I Won’t Say I’m in Love,” dressed as the character in light purple. 

Presumably, more information regarding the live-action adaptation of Hercules will be announced in the coming weeks. Until then, fans can watch the animated version of the film on Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+.