Chloe Moretz is heading under the sea.
Moretz, best known for he work in the Kick-Ass movies, Carrie and Hugo, will play the iconic Ariel in a live-action version of the classic animated tale The Little Mermaid.
“Been waiting a long time to tell you guys !! #TheLittleMermaid going to be a beautiful experience! Can’t wait to show everyone my Mermaid!” tweeted Moretz.
Been waiting a long time to tell you guys !! #TheLittleMermaid going to be a beautiful experience! Can't wait to show everyone my Mermaid!
— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) November 6, 2015
Variety reports that the Universal and Working Title picture is tapping Richard Curtis. He’s the writer behind Love, Actually and War Horse. Director Sofia Coppola was attached to the project at one point, but that fell through.
Moretz had been the frontrunner for the role even while Coppola was still attached; some insiders point to Coppola’s unwillingness to go with a star like Moretz as her impetus for parting ways with the project. Following Coppola’s exit, the studio still wanted Moretz for the role but did not want to make it official until a writer was attached for a final draft.
— Paste Magazine (@PasteMagazine) November 9, 2015
Moretz seems pretty excited by the new role. She’s been retweeting stuff about it all weekend.