Andrej Pejic Signed On to Sofia’s Coppola’s The Little Mermaid

Right this minute, male models are zigzagging around Milan and Paris as they rush to castings and fittings in preparation for the men’s spring collections, which have already begun in London. But there’s one model who’s bypassing the arduous process. Because Andrej Pejic, who’s walked both men’s and women’s runways and who prefers the female pronoun, is stepping up her game and headed to the film business.

Reportedly, the andro-genius Australian model-turned-actor has been cast in Sofia Coppola’s forthcoming, live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, originally written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1837 and brought to the big screen in Disney’s animated classic of 1989. The 22-year-old will play Sister #4, which may not sound very exciting, but remember that all five sisters are pivotal characters. Where Disney stuck on a happy ending, the story is quite dark and the sisters are responsible for telling the central mermaid, a mer-princess, the ways of the human world and that she’ll never attain immortality, as humans will in heaven.

The film’s screenwriter, meanwhile, is Caroline Thompson, whose credits include Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, and The Corpse Bride, as well as The Addams Family — another reason Coppola, already well-versed in stories of existential crises, will likely look to the dark side.