Let’s travel back to July 2016, a better time, Disney Star, Sofia Carson, expressed a desire to play Esmeralda. Well to be specific she said that she thought “Esmeralda would be a beautiful role to play.” She also did a recording of Someday in Spanish. So let’s explore this more casting option. You can see the interview here.
Since she very clearly was suggesting playing a Live-Action Disney Esmeralda we’re just going to consider that version of the character.
Let’s start with Carson’s look. Carson is of Spanish descent, more specifically Columbian. She still rather young and I’m still not sure how old Esmeralda was supposed to given Disney’s age inflation but let’s just say she is in a good range. She does have the darker features one would expect from Disney’s Esmeralda and contact lenses could give Carson that emerald eye color. One thing that somewhat could work against Carson is that she does have a very youthful somewhat cute look. Just looking at Carson I don’t see her as sultry. Beautiful yes, alluring no. Could she act alluring?
I will be frank I have only seen clips of Carson’s acting. Carson hasn’t really escaped that Disney style of acting. She is best known for playing Evie in Descendants. Evie is the Snow White’s Evil Queen’s daughter. I wouldn’t know how to judge someone’s acting skills in that or any made for TV movie Disney TV makes. It’s a very specific style of acting. She could be a great actress or not. Can’t say. I would venture to say she might be good pending on the director. Can’t honestly say I can gauge her acting skills.
Sofia Carson would not be my first, second to even third pick for Esmeralda but given that she seems to loves and respects the character she could pull it off and make a beautiful Esmeralda.
But what do you guys think? Do you think Carson would make a good Esmeralda?
She is pretty, got some spanish looks (which works really well for book Esmeralda, but not so well for disney-Romani Esmeralda).
I don’t know if she can act (I couldn’t stand the plot of Descendants) and I haven’t seen her act anywhere. She has a pretty voice, quite esmerada-ish, but she lacks the “sex appeal” Esmeralda was supposed to have. Neither the book “”innocent sex appeal” or the disney “Womanly sex appeal”, perhaps when she gots older… she wouldn’t be bad, but she isn’t the ideal Esmeralda for me.
I suggest GiGi Radics for full Romani Esme (even Disney, she got what it takes to be a Disney Princess – beautiful face and soft voice) and Adelaide Kane for book-french-born Esmeralda (sultry eyes, beautiful face and alluring in a innocent kind of way)