The Little Mermaid” is the second iconic Disney animated film to be adapted into a live-action film by Disney. Halle Bailey, a young actress on the rise, plays the title role of Ariel.
Rob Marshall, a veteran of Broadway and Hollywood musicals, directs; Jane Goldman, a renowned screenwriter (Stardust, X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service), writes the screenplay; and an all-star Hollywood cast fills out the film’s supporting roles.
Disney is taking great care with this live-action rendition of “The Little Mermaid,” assembling an A-list cast and crew in the hopes that the finished product would not only live up to the original animated film but also become a beloved classic in its own right.
New Little Mermaid Release Date
On May 26, 2023, The Little Mermaid will make its way into theatres, and once its limited theatrical run concludes, it will likely debut on Disney+ (usually 45 days from its release).
As was previously announced, production on the new film is complete after a shoot that lasted from January to July of 2021.
With the first trailer out, it looks like they’ll be able to hit their May 2023 target date. The last few years, however, have shown that release date changes are always possible.
The cast of “The Little Mermaid”
Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel, the Little Mermaid. As Prince Eric, Jonah Hauer-King will take center stage. Ursula, the antagonist, will be played by Melissa McCarthy. Meanwhile, Javier Bardem and Noma Dumezweni will play Ariel’s parents, King Triton and Queen Selina.
Prince Eric’s trusted friend and matchmaker, Grimsby, will be portrayed by Art Malik. Perla and Karina, two new characters in the plot, will be portrayed by Lorena Andrea and Kajsa Mohammad.
Then there are the performers who will provide their voices to the film’s enduring characters. Sebastian will be played by Daveed Diggs, Flounder by Jacob Tremblay, and Scuttle by Awkwafina.
Jessica Alexander, Russell Balogh, Adrian Christopher, Emily Coates, and Simone Ashley are also cast, but their roles have not been revealed.
Rob Marshall said of Halle, “After a thorough search, it became very evident that Halle possesses that unique combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance, as well as a magnificent singing voice,” attributes essential to the role.
What exactly is the plot of “The Little Mermaid”?
Ariel, a 16-year-old mermaid, is the protagonist of the classic tale The Little Mermaid. She is curious about human life on land.
Her father, King Triton, forbids her from visiting the land in an effort to keep her safe, but she goes anyway, where she meets and falls in love with a human prince.
The sea witch Ursula takes Ariel’s voice and agrees to transform Ariel into a human for three days in exchange. Once Ursula casts her evil spells, things start to go badly for Ariel.
The mermaid must find her voice with the help of her father and the other marine creatures she knows.