Top 10 Actors You Wish Would Portray Disney Princes
Chiseled, charismatic, and cut from a very special cloth, these celebrities would make perfect Disney Princes.
Who wants an animated Prince Charming when you can have the real thing? Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down the "Top 10 Actors You Wish Would Portray Disney Princes."
For this list, we’re looking at actors who not only resemble their Disney animated counterpart, but who we also think would have what it takes to embody his personality and traits. Note that the male protagonists don’t actually have to be from royalty, as Disney categorizes all of its leading men, whether a real prince or not, under the "Disney Princes" label. Also, don’t be surprised if a Disney Prince shows up more than once if we think there’s more than one good actor for the part!
Darren first really came on the scene with a show-stopping performance of "Teenage Dream"on Glee while his character, Blaine, became a fan favorite on the shot. And it’s no wonder he stole so many hearts, since he’s swoon-worthy while still being approachable, both of which are characteristics that’d make up an ideal Prince Florian. We don’t think Darren would have any problem being cast in this role; he’s a big Disney fan and has been known to perform classic tunes on stage and on YouTube. Darren’s vocals would also be a killer match for Prince Florian’s solo in “One Song,” and he’d be sure to put his own spin on it.
He’s already the voice of Flynn Rider, so a transition into the live action role would be no problem for Zachary. Zachary himself likely rubbed off on the character, since Flynn was originally supposed to be a British farmer, but ultimately morphed into an American bandit after the actor began to record his lines. A talented song and dance man, Levi is known for his effervescence on stage and his ability to deliver witty banter as he demonstrated by his performance in Chuck. He also brought out Flynn’s narcissism while showing that not so deep down, Flynn is a kind-hearted, good guy who’s a little misguided. His layered performance brought such a depth to the character that we think it would translate very well to a live-action version.
Godfrey Gao may not be a household name, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be! He’s been acting for over 10 years, mostly in Taiwanese television dramas, but in 2013, he had his big film break portraying popular character Magnus Bane in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. While the movie was only so-so, Godfrey proved that he had the acting chops to play a swoon-worthy love interest just like Captain Li Shang. And with his chiseled features and impressive physique, it’s no wonder he’s also modeled for Louis Vuitton. A live-action Mulan could be just the project he needs to take his career to the next level… oh and look at that, one such project was even announced in 2015.
Prince Naveen has a reputation of being a guy who’s popular with the ladies, so who better to play him than this former boy band member? Like the prince, Zayn is known for dating beautiful ladies like ex Perrie Edwards, and his current girlfriend, model Gigi Hadid. Since Naveen is from the fictional country of Maldonia, we thought Zayn's exotic good looks, with a British Pakistani father and English-Irish mother, would work here. But of course, he’s more than just a pretty boy and a ladies man; since leaving One Direction, Zayn has proved himself to be leading man material with solo hits like “Pillowtalk” on constant radio play. With the voice of angel, he’d have no problem singing—and clearly could handle singing more than Naveen’s only song in the movie, “When We’re Human.”
Aladdin is a lovable scamp from the made-up kingdom of Agrabah who’s quick to smile and make others laugh. While Tyler may not be Arabian, he is of mixed heritage—and the film's production process saw the character of Aladdin be redesigned to incorporate some of Tom Cruise's physical qualities. Posey also shares many of Aladdin’s other traits, on top of being known for his goofball personality. He’s a born entertainer, who isn’t afraid to make a fool of himself in order to make others happy. With all the stunts he’s done on Teen Wolf, we think he’d have no problem nailing the agile movements of Aladdin, who runs across rooftops and commands his magic carpet like a pro. And Posey’s already got the Aladdin look down, since going shirtless doesn’t seem to be a problem for him. We’re not complaining!
Rugged, charming, and more than a little goofy, Chris Pratt is already the human version of Kristoff. The two share a quirky sense of humor and both seem to be big kids at heart, which is a character type Chris has already played with fan favorites like Andy Dwyer from Parks and Rec, and Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy. Like Kristoff, Chris has a broad, strong looking physique that looks like he’s spent some time working out outdoors. Both guys may not seem like the brightest—at first—but their kindheartedness makes them the perfect romantic lead. And while we’re fan casting, a live-action version of Frozen would be even more perfect with Sam Claflin playing Prince Hans. Who do we call to make this happen?
Ryan’s had our hearts since his rom-com days, specifically movies like Definitely, Maybe and The Proposal. With his six—or is that eight?—pack and easy smile, he’s known for making audiences swoon, just like any proper prince should do. He was off our leading man radar for a few years in the early 2010s, but Ryan made a major comeback with Deadpool—and we’ve gotta say, boy are we ready to see him in a lot more. Though his good looks were covered up for a lot of the film, Ryan still managed to prove that he can make any character both funny and kickass. With his natural sense of humor, he could breathe new life into the character of Prince Phillip and while being able to pull off the big fight against Maleficent when she turns into a fire-breathing dragon.
To cast the Beast, you need an actor who can play both a misunderstood brute and a big, old softy. So who’s more perfect for the part than Chris Hemsworth? No one! Chris has shown his range by playing serious do-gooders like Thor to fun-loving beefcakes like Kevin in Ghostbusters. He’s been willing to show different sides of himself and is always in on the joke. And let’s not forget People named him Sexiest Man Alive in 2014, so he’s practically royalty anyway. And though we could imagine how great the transition from seeing him go from the Beast to Prince Adam would be, we’d be much happier to get to see it on the big screen!
Who hasn’t fan cast this one? Matt Bomer’s resemblance to Prince Eric is so striking, it’s almost eerie. With his dark hair and piercing blue eyes, Matt has all the right features for a Disney Prince. Apart from their similar looks, Matt has the natural likability that Eric possesses. Unlike Prince Eric, however, Matt has shown that he’s a talented singer. So a live-action version of The Little Mermaid should definitely include a song performed by him. On top of all this, Matt truly seems like an affable guy, someone who cares about others and would go to the depths of the sea for the person he loves.
Before we unveil our number one pick, here are some honorable mentions:
- Charlie Hunnam as Captain Phoebus—The Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as John Smith—Pocahontas
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Roger Radcliffe—One Hundred and One Dalmatians
- Colton Haynes as Prince Phillip—Sleeping Beauty
Tall, English, and devastatingly handsome, Henry Cavill would be a natural choice to play Prince Charming. With his impeccable manners and posh accent, Henry can make anything sound good, even the phone book. No Cinderella would be able to resist going to the ball knowing that he would be the one you get to dance with; but surface level aside, Henry’s also a talented actor who could transform the flimsy Charming into a man with more personality and charisma. He’s a pro at taking well-known characters and putting his own twist on them—case in point: Superman. We can’t help but say it: We believe this Man of Steel takes the role of Prince Charming to new heights!
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