Disney’s The Little Mermaid is set to grace our screens soon and has the plot inspiration from the similarly titled movie of 1989 by John Musker and Ron Clements. The upcoming film was made under the direction of Rob Marshall, while David Magee and Jane Goldman compiled the write-up. Rob Marshall produced this live-action remake along with Marc Platt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and John DeLuca.
Alan Menken made a comeback for composing the soundtracks in the film as he did in the original project and was joined by Lin-Manuel Miranda in writing the songs. So, let’s see when this movie can be expected and who can perform in it.
When Will The Little Mermaid Release?
Let’s gear up to dive in the waters as The Little Mermaid is confirmed to make its presence as a live-action remake in some time now! But unfortunately, Disney fans may have to wait longer than anticipated to return to the sea, as the COVID-19 outbreak caused two delays in the film’s original filming schedule.
Disney announced in September 2021 that the movie will be aired on Memorial Day weekend in 2023, i.e., May 26, 2023. The shooting for the film was wrapped up by mid of this year, but its release is definitely a bit far than anticipated, but we are hopeful that it will be worth our precious wait!
In her Instagram post from the previous June, Halle Bailey conveyed the news that the movie’s filming had come to an end, along with the first image of our live-action Ariel. She wrote, “I cannot wait for time to speed up so you all can watch this film because it was made with so much love (plus blood, sweat, and tears),”
What to Expect from The Little Mermaid?
The story of this musical fantasy is loosely like the tale by Hans Christian Andersen, which revolves around a mermaid named Ariel who wants a human life and to explore the world. For the same, she makes a deal with an evil witch named Ursula, who trades in for her voice in return for giving her human form. The story follows her journey through human life and her challenges.
Disney officially revealed the first look at the movie Friday, after a year of waiting. The quick teaser depicts Bailey as Ariel, the mermaid, swimming through her room of treasures and sunken ship refuge while being closely followed by Flounder in one shot. It concludes with a close-up of Ariel singing the well-known chorus from “Part of Your World” (with a lovely added run).
You can watch The Little Mermaid trailer here.
Who are All There in The Little Mermaid?
The lead character of Ariel will be voiced by Halle Bailey, who shared her excitement about working in this classic movie on the microblogging site earlier this year and also shared her look from the film.
Joining her will be Jacob Tremblay (Room) voicing Flounder (Ariel’s fish best friend), Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) voicing Scuttle (the gender-changed seagull companion of Ariel who helps her through her new journey), Javier Bardembeing chosen to voice the character of King Triton, Melissa McCarthy voicing for Ursula (the sea witch).
Jonah Hauer-King (World on Fire, Little Women) is going for the role of Prince Eric, Jude Akuwudike is opting to lend voice to Grimsby (Prince Eric’s confidant and butler), Noma Dumezweni chosen to voice Carlotta (housekeeper of Prince Eric), and Daveed Diggs (Snowpiercer, Hamilton) voicing for the friendly crab Sebastian.
Other than these, names like Russell Balogh (The King’s Man), Noma Dumezweni (Black Earth Rising), Emily Coates (Warren), Jessica Alexander (Glasshouse), and Adrian Christopher (The Mummy) are also on the list. Still, their roles haven’t been disclosed yet.
Meet the cast of Disney's The Little Mermaid, starring Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, @Awkwafina, @DaveedDiggs, @JacobTremblay, @MelissaMcCarthy & Javier Bardem. Directed by Rob Marshall, featuring music from the animated original & new music by @AlMenken & @Lin_Manuel Miranda. pic.twitter.com/lXp0p2mVrE
— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
The Official Movie Poster is Breathtaking
Disney has unveiled the first official poster for the upcoming live-action adaptation, which only depicts Bailey dressed as Ariel. “Words can’t convey how enormously honored I feel to play the mermaid of my dreams, Ariel, in Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” Bailey wrote in a touching Instagram caption beside sharing the picture.