When Does Little Mermaid Come Out? First Look At Halle Bailey In Disney’s Live-Action Adaptation in May 2023
Following the success of the recent live-action remakes of their animation masterpieces, Disney will release a live-action version of The Little Mermaid in theatres next year.
Halle Bailey, who will play the title character in Disney’s reinvention of The Little Mermaid, revealed the film’s completion and first look at her in the role in July 2021.
She tweeted, “From trying out for this film when I was 18 and on the verge of becoming 19 to finally wrapping up filming during a pandemic when I turned 21.” “We made it! I’m so thankful that I got to see this movie in its entirety.”
So, in light of the fact that we will soon be returning to the depths of the ocean, I present to you a complete guide to the upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
The Little Mermaid Release Date: When Will the Little Mermaid Be Released?
Release dates for both the theatrical and Disney+ versions of The Little Mermaid have been set for May 26, 2023. (usually 45 days from its release).
According to what has been discussed thus far, production on the new picture has finally ended following a shoot that lasted from January to July 2021.
There shouldn’t be any delays to the May 2023 release date, but given the history of movie releases, you never know. We certainly hope not!
The Little Mermaid Cast: Who’s in The Little Mermaid?
Halle Bailey, one half of the R&B duet CHLOE X HALLE, will play Ariel, as previously reported.
The original Ariel, Jodi Benson, has expressed her approval of Bailey’s casting. She opined that “what really matters is the character’s spirit.” “The most important thing for a film is to be able to tell a story, and what you bring to the table in terms of a character’s heart and spirit is what really counts.”
In January 2022, Bailey hinted at the updated version of the plot when speaking to STYLECASTER: “I think everyone will be pleasantly surprised by certain changes of the themes of the film. More so on Ariel’s side of women empowerment and her taking her power back.”
Unsurprisingly, “Part of Your World” provided the soundtrack of the film’s most heartfelt moment. She recounted, “I was bawling the whole time because I was just like, ‘What the heck?’ We’re all connected to that song.” It was a whirlwind of three days.
Awkwafina, known for her roles in Crazy Rich Asians and The Farewell, will voice a gender-swapped version of Scuttle, Ariel’s seagull sidekick who aids her in adapting to her new, silent world, while Room’s Jacob Tremblay will provide the voice of Ariel’s trusted confidant Flounder.
Awkwafina gushed to ComicBook.com, “Oh wow. I mean, that was so fantastic.” about her time on set.
And for that one, it was so great to work with Rob Marshall and Lin-Manuel [Miranda], and I think that the world is going to really, really adore it.
The casting of Oscar actress Melissa McCarthy as the sea witch Ursula has been met with criticism, with some viewers preferring a drag queen to play the evil.
McCarthy has said of the role, “I have such an attachment for Ursula. I know she’s the villain, but I’ve just always kind of been like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ I mean, she’s kind of lovely to play,” in an interview with People.
Even though Lizzo was one of the other actresses up for the role of Ursula, she is fine with losing out to McCarthy and refuses to offer any explanations for why.
In February of that year (2022), she reflected on her audition performance. You can ask Disney how my audition went, but I won’t go into detail. Suffice it to say that the singing was fantastic.
The story’s portrayal of Ursula as King Triton’s sister is a major departure from the animated original and might be adopted here. Javier Bardem will play King Triton in the upcoming film.
Jonah Hauer-King, of Little Women and World on Fire fame, has been cast as Prince Eric, despite rumors that Harry Styles would play the part. Daveed Diggs, known for his roles in Hamilton and Snowpiercer, will portray Sebastian, the crab who can talk and is always happy to see you.
Newcomers Lorena Andrea and Kajsa Mohammad play Perla and Karina, while Jude Akuwudike plays Eric’s devoted butler and confidant Grimsby. Noma Dumezweni (The Undoing) plays Eric’s housekeeper Carlotta.
In March of 2022, it was reported (via The Times) that Simone Ashley, of Bridgerton and Sex Education fame, would also be appearing in the film in some capacity.
Additional cast members include Jessica Alexander, Russell Balogh (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil), Adrian Christopher (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), and Emily Coates (Cursed), all of whom have parts yet to be revealed.
The Little Mermaid Plot: What Songs Can We Expect in The Little Mermaid?
We anticipate a story similar to the original animated film, but we do know that new songs will be featured in the live-action remake.
The original score was composed by Alan Menken, and in February 2020, Lin-Manuel Miranda stated that he has written four new songs for the live-action version of the film.
In February of 2022, Miranda assured fans that “none of the ones you like” will be replaced by the new material. There is a no bigger lover of The Little Mermaid than I am, and we found a couple of options for some additional music that I can’t wait to watch, he told Variety.
He also mentioned that Ursula doesn’t have a new song, but Ariel does once she turns human in the second act of the film (spoiler alert).
Miranda revealed, “We wrote some music for her time on land. She has a lot of firsts, as someone with legs for the first time. Rob [Marshall] found a new way to hear from Ariel, even though she is sans voice for a short while.”
The Little Mermaid Trailer: When Can I See the Little Mermaid Trailer?
There is currently no official trailer or teaser available online, but as soon as Disney unveils the first look at the underwater live-action CGI spectacular, we will let you know.