Chloë Grace Moretz: ‘Little Mermaid represents strength’

Chloë Grace Moretz can’t wait to play the lead in The Little Mermaid as the character represents female strength.

Chloë has been cast as the mermaid, with the 2017 film taking inspiration from the Hans Christian Andersen tale rather than Disney’s ’80s retelling. The 18-year-old star is hoping the film strikes a chord with younger audience members, and that her character can serve as a role model.

“The best thing about fairy tales is that they feature empowered female characters,” Chloë smiled to America’s InStyle. “Ariel is so strong and tenacious. My goal is to show young girls that they can look up to someone who doesn’t have legs too.

“It’s a progressive story for audiences today.”

In the Disney version, mermaid Ariel had an iconic head of red hair, but Chloë has already revealed she’ll be sticking with her blonde roots for the feature. The decision came down to trying to keep it as close to the original as possible.

“A modern version of this tale is kinda what we’re going after, making it progressive for young women in this day and age,” she explained to Entertainment Tonight when asked what she’s bringing to the role. “Haha, no, (I’m not dyeing my hair)! I want red hair, (but) we’re going after the Hans Christian Andersen novel, so I’ll actually have blonde hair.”

Not much is known about the film at this point, but it’s been confirmed Richard Curtis will pen the screenplay. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce and Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger will executive produce.

– Cover Media