Last week, reports surfaced that Disney is developing a live-action version of “The Princess and the Frog.” A potential lead actor’s name for the film has now emerged.
Industry insider Daniel RPK suggests that Disney is eyeing Lupita Nyong’o for the role of “Tiana” in the upcoming film.
Lupita Nyong’o is undoubtedly familiar with Disney, having portrayed “Nakia” in both Black Panther films and “Maz Kanata” in all three of Disney’s Star Wars sequels.
Currently, it’s uncertain whether any formal discussions have taken place or if an offer has been extended, given that the film is in its preliminary stages of development.
As of now, no additional details have been provided. While Disney might be interested in Nyong’o for the role, it doesn’t guarantee that it will materialize. For now, this information should be regarded as a rumor.
Given the current writers/actors strike and Disney’s significant budget cuts, the release of a live-action “The Princess of the Frog” film is not assured, especially in the near future. However, considering Disney’s live-action films have raked in over $9.5 billion worldwide since 2010’s Alice In Wonderland, it’s evident the studio will remain keen on producing more live-action adaptations in the future.
Disney is also developing a “Tiana” series for Disney+, which has faced several delays. The series will chronicle the adventures of the newly crowned Princess of Maldonia, though her New Orleans roots continue to play a significant role in her journey. It’s believed the series will be released in 2024.
In the upcoming years, Disney will release many live-action adaptations. Set to debut are “Snow White” (2024), “Lilo & Stitch” (2024), “Mufasa” (2024), and “Moana” (2025). Besides these and the previously noted “Tangled”, Disney is exploring live-action versions of “Aristocats,” “Hercules,” “The Sword in the Stone,” “Bambi,” and “Robin Hood.” However, it’s worth noting that the projects without specified release dates are still in early development and might not see fruition.