Okay, don’t freak out but, in the trailer for his new movie, hunky pop star Shawn Mendes’ character gets completely naked for a steamy bathtub scene—be still our beating hearts!
Oh, wait, did we not mention he’s playing a CGI crocodile? Oops!
Sorry, folks! Mendes is nowhere to be seen in this first look at Sony Pictures Entertainment’s adaptation of the kid-lit classic, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile. But! He is heard.
The heartthrob lends his unmistakable vibrato to the voice of the eponymous animal, a crooning croc who just wants to hang out with the neighborhood kids and *checks notes* wear a scarf? We guess?
Like Clifford The Big Red Dog, it’s the kind of thing that makes sense in a children’s book, but then is pretty baffling—and terrifying—when the character is brought to life through photorealistic animation and plopped down in the middle of a Manhattan brownstone.
On top of that, you’ve got Hustlers‘ Constance Wu as the harried mother who’s just worried about her child’s (Winslow Fegley) safety in the presence of a carnivore, which is very understandable! But are we just imagining things, or does she have some chemistry with the crocodile?
Funnyman Brett Gelman also stars as a nosy neighbor, Mr. Grumps (sounds like a pleasant guy!), and we have to mention Javier Bardem, who dons some quirky Greatest Showman drag to play Lyle’s eccentric owner, Mr. Valenti. This will be, without a doubt, Bardem’s best hair performance since No Country For Old Men.
It’s a lot to process and, frankly, we don’t know what to say! Luckily, Gay Twitter™ was at the ready with hot takes and a whole range of reactions when the movie’s trailer dropped this morning.
Take a look below at some of Twitter’s best responses to our first look at Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile:
this made me nauseous please take it back i’m sick I can’t take much more please I wish they would unmake this pic.twitter.com/RLsXRn4PM8
— Crawford M Horton (@broiledcrawfish) June 22, 2022
I will not rest until Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile is a Best Picture nominee. pic.twitter.com/7uFrUF561e
— Joey Joey Joey (@JoeyMoser83) June 22, 2022
— Vulture (@vulture) June 22, 2022
Babe, wake up. The Constance Wu-naissance is coming*
*Lyle, Lyle Crocodile pic.twitter.com/J54e10PV8N
— shania twink (@phillipethao) June 22, 2022
setting google alert for "Lyle, Lyle Crocodile early screening" https://t.co/hBg1qEvyaZ
— Anthony Smith (@AnthonyBLSmith) June 22, 2022
why is this happening to us https://t.co/dz7i3Eot2P
— jourdain searles (@judysquirrels) June 22, 2022
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile will sing its way into theaters on October 7.