Lizzo reacts to live Hercules fan casting calling him to play Thalia
Lizzo reacts to TikTok accusing fans of only portraying her as Muse Thalia in Hercules Live “because she’s a bigger girl.”
Lizzo reacted to viral Tiktok responding to calls to play Muse Thalia in live-action remake of Disney classic Hercules. Released in 1997, Disney Hercules featured a literal Greek choir in the form of the Muses who served as the film’s narrators and also offered backing vocals on songs like “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” by Megara (Susan Egan). Voiced by Lillias White, Cheryl Freeman, LaChanze, Roz Ryan and Vanéee Y. Thomas, the five Muses featured in the film – Calliope, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Thalia and Clio – traditionally chair another art form like tragedy, la dance, and in Thalia’s case, comedy.
Disney has enjoyed great success with its live-action remakes of its most popular films, such as The beauty and the Beast, Mulan, and Aladdin, and this should continue with their next Peter Pan and Wendy, realized by The green knight David Lowery, which is slated for release in 2022. As such, Disney fans are clamoring for a remake of Hercules because the film remains a beloved favorite for many who grew up during the Disney Renaissance from 1989 to 1999. A remake has been announced, and understandably this comes with a lot of fans for the project, including many claiming that Lizzo should play the role of Thalia.
However, a Tiktok user Alexsispage took umbrage at this fan-casting and claimed that the cast “that does not make any sense” and that “the only reason they say [Lizzo should play Thalia] it’s because she’s a bigger girl. ” She went on to point out that “Thalia is the shortest muse [while] Lizzo has five fucking ten ” and that Lizzo would be a better fit for Terpsichore, a muse of lyric poetry and dance, as Lizzo’s vocal range better matches that of the original vocal actress LaChanze. Lizzo she herself has since posted a TikTok reacting to the original Alexispage, in which she nods and seems to agree with the points made, though she writes in the caption: “I am 5’9.”
Lizzo also seems to agree with Alexsispage’s own fan-cast for the role of Thalia. She points out that Breesha Webb, Gabourey Sidibe or Robin Thede would be a better fit because of their background as comedy actresses which better fits Thalia’s role as the Muse of Comedy but also as a comedic relief from the Muses. In particular, Lizzo agrees that Thede would be excellent in the role.
Part of what inspired calls for Lizzo to play the role of Thalia is her recent music video for “Rumors,” which contains many references to the Muses and sees the rapper in a setting reminiscent of ancient Greece with multiple neo poses. classic. While it would no doubt be great to see Lizzo in a live-action remake of Hercules, especially since his vocal talents would be a great addition to the Muses, it’s hard not to agree with Alexsispage’s points. Casting someone on the basis of just one facet of their physical appearance is incredibly short-sighted. While Lizzo has some experience working in comedy, having appeared in 2019 Scammers, that’s not necessarily enough to carry the comedic timing required for a role like Thalia.
It is still very early on the production of the Russo brothers Hercules remake. As such, very little is currently known about the cast, although rumors abound that Ariana Grande could play Megara as she performed “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” at The Singing with the family Disney in 2020. Whether she plays Thalia or not, Lizzo would make a great addition to the cast of Hercules and having paid tribute to the film in its most recent music video, I hope Disney will be inspired to collaborate with the rapper on the project in one way or another.
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