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Andreja Pejic joins Sofia Coppola's The Little Mermaid cast

The androgynous model is the first star to be cast in the live action adaptation of the fairy tale classic

Sofia Coppola's live action adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid has just acquired its first star: Andreja Pejić. According to IMDB, the androgynous model is set to play "Sister #4" and will likely portray one of Ariel's mermaid siblings. 

Pejić is the first name attached to the film project. Emma Watson was previously rumoured to star as Ariel herself, although she told reporters in April that she hasn't been offered the role and hadn't seen the script. Either way, Pejić's casting adds even more intrigue to the highly-anticipated film, which sees Coppola venturing into Disney-level blockbuster territory for the first time. 

According to earlier reports, Coppola's adaptation will take be more kid-friendly, although it will retain the Anderson's original tragic ending, which sees the mermaid sacrificing herself rather than kill her prince.

This isn't Pejić's first acting role: the Australian model has appeared in short film Reason and historical TV drama faith. She also acted alongside Saskia de Brauw and Tilda Swinton in the music video for David Bowie's 2013 single "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)".  

Watch Andreja Pejić in "In Bloom", a film by Fumi Nagasaka: