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Sofia Coppola's 'The Little Mermaid' scores surprising star

Andre Pejic will play a mermaid sister in Sofia Coppola's "The Little Mermaid"
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Sofia Coppola's version of "The Little Mermaid" already looks like it's going to be way more interesting than the animated Disney movie. Few details about the fairy tale film have been released, but there's finally a bit of casting news that's rather intriguing.

According to a June 13 report by MailOnline, male model Andrej Pejic is set to star in the movie as one of the little mermaid's many sisters. His role is currently listed as "Sister #4." In the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, the little mermaid has five sisters.

Andrej Pejic is known for his androgynous look and delicate, beautiful features. He's modeled men's and women's clothing, and he doesn't identify himself as male or female. When ABC News asked him which gender he sees himself as, he answered, "I see myself." His otherworldly looks and ambiguous sex make him the perfect pick for "The Little Mermaid."

Andre isn't the first model to play a mermaid in a movie. Aussie beauty Gemma Ward starred as one of the aquatic beings in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," and Cara Delevingne will play one of the Neverland mermaids in "Pan," the "Peter Pan" prequel starring Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, and Garrett Hedlund.

If you're hoping for a much darker take on "The Little Mermaid" than the water-down Disney version, you're in luck. "Edward Scissorhands" screenwriter Caroline Thompson is working on the screenplay, so the little mermaid just might suffer the same sad fate that does in the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Sofia Coppola also has a history of directing movies about young women who meet tragic ends.

It's going to be hard for the star of "The Little Mermaid" to compete with Andrej Pejic's ethereal beauty. There's no word on who might be cast in the movie's lead, but perhaps Sofia Coppola will go after someone she's worked with before. She could pursue one of the stars of "The Bling Ring" like Emma Watson or Claire Julien, who looks like she could be related to Andrej. "Somewhere" star Elle Fanning also shares Andrej's pale skin and hair, but Disney might not want its "Maleficent" princess running off to star in a non-Disney version of "The Little Mermaid."

Coppola has worked with Kirsten Dunst multiple times, but she's a bit too old for the role of the youngest mermaid sister. Maybe she could star as the sea witch instead. Coppola might also want to consider "American Horror Story" star Evan Peters and "The Carrie Diaries" actress AnnaSophia Robb – they've already played hipster versions of the little mermaid and her prince in a Funny or Die spoof of Coppola's movie. Who would you like to see alongside Andrej Pejic?

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