With his role as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in not only director Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home but The Russo Brothers’ Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Tom Holland is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading men.
And today we have word that the Captain America: Civil War and In the Heart of the Sea actor is being eyed for the lead role in Disney’s planned upcoming live-action remake of their semi-hit animated film Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
Evidently, Disney intends to "stick fairly close to the animated film," and it seems that Holland is being eyed to play the role of geeky Smithsonian cartographer Milo Thatch, initially voiced by Michael J. Fox in the 2001 animated version.
While it might seem like a live-action remake of Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a strange plan for Disney, it could actually be one of their best ideas yet. I mean take a minute and think about it, why bother to remake only classic movies such as The Lion King, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast? Why wouldn’t Disney bother to take a stab at rebooting some of their lesser-known (and lesser-quality) animated adventures such as Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Lilo & Stitch, and Treasure Planet, to name a few? After all, I can’t be the only dude out there that thinks these three films alone would have worked better in the live-action format, to begin with. Okay, maybe not Lilo & Stich so much, but still, I wouldn’t turn down a live-action remake of that adorable tale.
Again, I don’t know about you, but I think Disney could really be on to something here. I guess we’ll see one of these days. Meanwhile, for those who might not know, the original animated movie centered on a naive-but-determined museum cartographer by the name of Milo Thatch (voiced by the above-mentioned Michael J. Fox) who becomes the key to unraveling an ancient mystery when he joins up with a group of daredevil explorers to find the legendary lost empire of Atlantis.
On top of Michael J. Fox, the original animated adventure featured the voice-work of Corey Burton as Moliere, Claudia Christian as Helga, James Garner as Rourke, John Mahoney as Preston Whitmore, Phil Morris as Dr. Sweet, and Leonard Nimoy as the Atlantean King. Don Novello joined them as Vinny, along with Jacqueline Obradors as Audrey, Florence Stanley as Mrs. Packard, David Ogden Stiers as Mr. Harcourt, Cree Summer as Princess Kida, and Jim Varney as Cookie.
Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise directed the movie which was produced by Don Hahn from a screenplay written by Tab Murphy based on a story by Wise, Trousdale, and Murphy along with Bryce Zabel, Jackie Zabel, and Joss Whedon. James Newton Howard provided the movie with its epic score, and Ellen Keneshea edited it all together. Buena Vista Pictures unleashed the animated adventure into a theater near your younger brother back on June 15, 2001. The next Disney animation to live-action remake Disney has in the pipeline is Iron Man and The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau’s The Lion King. That movie is all set to destroy the box-office on July 18, 2019. Meanwhile, this casting update comes to us from We Got This Covered.