9 More Disney Villains Who Should Have Their Own Movies, And Who Should Play Them

Maleficent Angelina Jolie


Maleficent won the box office this past weekend, and Disney has quite a few live action versions of its famous stories being prepared, from Cinderella to a movie about Cruella de Vil. Business Insider suggests this new interest in live-action remakes, as well as villains, could turn into a new franchise for Disney. So the question is, which Disney villains deserve to have their stories told, and who should play them?

I’ve got a few ideas right here. I tried to choose the villains that haven’t been portrayed very often on screen, although a few of them have, either in live-action remakes or on Once Upon a Time. But you can never get enough of the Disney villains, right? Right. They’re the best. Actually they’re the worst. But they’re the best at being the worst. You get it.

1. Joel McHale as Hades from Hercules

Joel McHale


I really need this to happen, because Hades is by far my favorite Disney villain. How could you not love him? He’s sarcastic and rocks a blue flame for hair. I’m imagining Joel with that flame hair and loving it.

2. Armie Hammer as Gaston from Beauty and the Beast

Armie Hammer


Gaston needs to be big and muscular and handsome and also a total arrogant asshole. Come on, Armie, you can do this. Show us those shiny teeth.

3. Octavia Spencer as Ursula from The Little Mermaid

Octavia Spencer The Help


I really want to know the sea witch’s backstory. How’d she get the ability to steal voices? What pet store did she buy Flotsam and Jetsam in? I think Octavia would totally nail it. And I feel like we haven’t seen her around enough since The Help.

4. Cillian Murphy as Sid from Toy Story

Cillian Murphy


Come on, you know you want to know what happened to Sid after he tortured all those toys and then saw them come to life. And who better to play a creepy toy mutilator all grown up than the creeptastic Cillian Murphy?

5. Tilda Swinton as The Evil Stepmother from Cinderella

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To be honest, I would watch Tilda Swinton play all these villains in the same movie, because she would totally nail it. And yes, Cate Blanchett’s already playing her in the new adaptation, and I’m sure she’ll be fab, but I don’t care. I need this.

6. Willem Dafoe as Claude Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Willem Dafoe


I don’t know about you, but Frollo has always been the scariest Disney villain to me. So I asked myself who the scariest actor is. It’s Willem Dafoe. Always Willem Dafoe. This movie would probably scar me for life.

7. Rita Moreno as Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove

Rita Moreno SAG awards


You might know Rita Moreno best from West Side Story or the time she dropped an F-bomb at the SAG Awards next to Morgan Freeman. I think she’d be a hilarious Yzma. Kronk should obviously just be Patrick Warburton, because he must have that voice.

8. Oded Fehr as Jafar from Aladdin

Oded Fehr The Mummy


Once Upon a Time already had Naveen Andrews as a younger, hotter Jafar, but I need another one, dammit. And if you’ve seen The Mummy, there’s a 100% chance you fell in love with Oded Fehr.

9. Daniel Craig as Clayton from Tarzan

Daniel Craig


A muscular, sophisticated Englishman who can rock a mustache and play a pretty convincing douche? I think Daniel Craig could pull it off.

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    • LadyClodia

      These are so spot on!
      Especially Joel as Hades, who was a great character even as the Classics nerd in me hated Hercules with my entire being.

      • http://apropernoun.blogspot.gr/ Yakumtsaki

        that’s the exact comment I came here to post, Joel as Hades FTW

      • LaLa

        Me too! I didn’t know I wanted this till now. Come on Hollywood, make this shit happen!

      • capoupascap

        Exactly what I came to say! Joel would be such a great Hades but I was an Olympian obsessed youngster and I despised how inaccurate Hercules was. Actually the Percy Jackson series is surprisingly accurate in regards to the myths and since I’m an old lady YA reader I loved them.

      • LadyClodia

        I actually have a degree in Classics, and I loved studying mythology.
        I know that Hercules: The Legendary Journeys wasn’t much more accurate than the cartoon, but I used to have a crush on the guy that played Hades in that.
        I’m not against YA books, but I haven’t read any of the Percy Jackson series. I might have to look into them.

      • Madhattie

        Even though Hercules was not accurate (and I laugh at it now), I can’t hate it as it largely the main reason I got interested in mythology and ancient history in the first place.

      • LadyClodia

        And that makes sense, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
        When it came out I was already very much into mythology and classics and was a pretty insufferable teenage snob about it. I’ve since watched it with my boys, and while the classics nerd in me still hates it, the mom part of my thinks it’s tolerable now.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Thank you!

    • Jenni

      Tilda is PERFECT

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Oliviaaaaaaaa! And Joel. And Armie. And Cillian.

    • itpainsme2say

      All off these yes but mainly for joal and actually id rather have tilda be yzma

    • Vera

      A+ fancasting!

      • Jill O’Rourke


    • Liz

      Rita Moreno is just too fucking great (and ironically, it is none of the things you listed that made me adore her, it was her role in HBO’s Oz), and I don’t see her on enough lists like this (or enough of anything anywhere, I want all Rita all the time). She would totally kill it as Yzma.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        She’s awesome, and I think she’d be really great.

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    • A.J.

      Oh, I would pay BIG money to see a Jafar movie…

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