Writer and artist Crystal Ro created quite the stir on social media with a recent article and series of photos. The regular Buzzfeed contributor decided to have a little fun with her creativity and transformed a series of Disney classic characters by giving them a more modern twist. Ro recast a collection of Disney princes with an unexpected Hollywood actor: Keanu Reeves.
Well, maybe it’s not that unusual. After all, Disney has already shown Reeves the love by casting him as daredevil Duke Kaboom in the recent animated film “Toy Story 4.” But, while his most recent role keeps him firmly in action hero mode, Ro’s vision of Reeves embraces his more romantic side.
In her Buzzfeed article, Ro showcased nine different images in which she replaced each Disney leading man with Keanu Reeves. The popular entertainment star of hit movies such as “The Matrix,” “A Walk in the Clouds” and “Speed” looked positively regal as Prince Phillip from “Sleeping Beauty,” Prince Eric of “The Little Mermaid,” Prince Naveen from “The Princess and the Frog,” the Beast from “Beauty and the Beast,” Prince Charming from “Snow White and Seven Dwarfs,” the prince from “Cinderella,” John Smith from “Pocahontas,” Li Shang from “Mulan” and pauper-turned-prince “Aladdin.”
Ro posted her Prince Keanu creations on Instagram, and people liked it more than 18,000 times:
And, we have to be honest, some of them actually seem plausible! While it’s hard to replace a classic, Disney is no stranger to remakes of some of its most popular films. Fans have already seen live-action remakes of “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Plus, a new “Mulan” live-action feature is in the works.
Po’s concept art had many fans’ hearts all aflutter over the “newest Disney prince” and had quite a few calling out to Disney to get on some remakes quickly. Twitter user Kristy Coulcher got on board for series of Royal Reeves remakes, asking Disney for a do-over of all of them:
— Kristy Coulcher (@KCoulcher) July 6, 2019
What do you think? Does Keanu have the royal Disney touch?