Well this could be interesting. The beyond-gorgeous supermodel is the first person cast in the live-action adaptation of the Disney classic/Hans Christian Anderson tale. She’ll be playing Sister #4, which obviously isn’t a pivotal role, but certainly bodes well for the rest of the casting process. Who will be Ariel? Who will be the singing crustacean Sebastian? And most importantly, WHO WILL PLAY URSALA? It’s all too exciting.
Small dust-up concerning the reporting of this story in the Daily Mail. Pejic was born male but prefers female pronouns, of course, and considers herself as living “between genders.” From indiewire:
Despite Pejic’s stated preference for female pronouns, the news of her casting in Coppola’s film was first reported by The Daily Mail (in a story we won’t link to here) with the charming headline “The Little Merman!”. The entire story then refers to Pejic as “he”, despite it taking no more than a click on her Wikipedia page to see that this is not how Pejic would have it. Hardly surprising for a publication with such a history, but depressing all the same.
Such a no-brainer. If she wants to be called she, call her she, for Christ’s sake.
(Photo: Pacific Coast News)