The Little Mermaid contenders

Who ELLE wants to play Ariel...

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ELLE couldn't be more excited with the news that much-loved fairy tale, will be undergoing a stylish - but dark - revamp by cult director, Sofia Coppola.

A detail on everyone's minds (of course), is which lucky actress will be cast as flame-haired Ariel. See who we're rooting for...

Emma Watson

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As well as being this year's ELLE Style Awards Actress of the Year, she already fronted Coppola's , and will soon star in Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic, . Her flexibility when it comes to film roles, as well as her previous film links with Sofia Coppola has her as a high-scoring potential Ariel.

Saoirse Ronan

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With her acting CV boasting dark flicks such as The Lovely Bones, and vampire-flick , Saoirse ticks all the boxes when it comes to the suitability for Ariel in this potentially dark adaptation.

Emma Stone

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Admittedly, she may not be a natural redhead, but Emma has all the physical attributes of a real-life Little Mermaid. Big blue doe eyes? Check. Thick red locks? Check check. But she may have to tone down that quintessential Emma Stone kookiness we love so much…

Mia Wasikowska

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With her ethereal looks and her increasingly prolific film roles (Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and to name a few), this is one rising star that we envision as a great Ariel.

Elle Fanning

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Young, but mature beyond her years, Elle Fanning brings all the elements of the perfect Ariel. It also helps that her film credentials give her inarguable leverage to be cast in the film: Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, and forthcoming fairy tale remake, .

Kirsten Dunst

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She may not be ‘little’ anymore, but there is no doubt that Kirsten Dunst has that eternally youthful disposition about her. Also, with Coppola film creds including Marie Antoinette and The Virgin Suicides, what’s to stop Sofia from going with an obvious casting favourite?

Jennifer Lawrence

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ELLE-favourite J-Law may be known for her fun-loving off screen antics, but this doesn’t detract from her serious acting talent. If she can project intensity in the style of Winter’s Bone and , surely she’s a shoo-in?

Chloë Grace Moretz

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Chloë Moretz is certainly one actress that refuses to have her innocent looks pigeonhole her acting roles. She’s played everyone from an ancient vampire, to a violent telekinetic school girl, to even a foul-mouthed costumed vigilante. Of course there’s one physical transition necessary for her to channel Ariel. Red hair dye, et voilà!