Whatever your feelings about Disney live-action remakes are, the studio continues to release them in a steady stream, and one that we’re particularly excited about is The Little Mermaid, thanks in no small part to the incredible vocal talent of the film’s lead actress, Halle Bailey.
She announced in early July 2021 that production on Disney’s latest reimagining of The Little Mermaid had come to a close, and she celebrated the occasion by sharing the first look at herself as Ariel in the film.
and just like that..that’s a wrap ❤️after auditioning for this film when i was 18 just about to turn 19 , to now finishing filming through a pandemic when i turned 21 ..we have finally made it…💖i feel so grateful to have experienced this film in all of its glory.. pic.twitter.com/UtbyX5tS6a
— Halle (@HalleBailey) July 12, 2021
“From auditioning for this film when I was 18 and about to turn 19, to finishing filming through a pandemic when I was 21,” she wrote on Twitter. “It has been an incredible journey.” “At long last, we’ve arrived… For the opportunity to witness this film in its entirety, I am extremely grateful.”
So, in order to prepare for the fact that we’ll be returning to the sea once more, here’s everything you need to know about the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.
Little Mermaid Live Action Release Date
The live-action remake of The Little Mermaid will be released in less than two years, according to a new release date for the animated film.
A Disney spokesperson confirmed that the new version of the animated classic would be released in theatres on May 26, 2023. It’s not clear whether or not it will be released on Disney+ at the same time, but for the time being, all upcoming Disney films will have an exclusive cinema release.
After a few setbacks, filming on the new film was finally completed, with a shoot scheduled to take place from January to July 2021. The film’s release date of 2023 is a year later than we had anticipated, but we are confident that it will be well worth the wait.
Little Mermaid Live Action Cast
It has already been mentioned that Ariel will be played by Halle Bailey, one-half of the R&B duo CHLOE X HALLE.
Jodi Benson, who provided the voice of Ariel in the original, expressed support for Bailey’s casting. ‘I believe that it is the spirit of a character that is most important,’ she explained. “When it comes to the heart and spirit of a character, it is what you bring to the table that is most important. The ability to tell a story is, in my opinion, the most important quality in a motion picture.”
The flounder will be voiced by Jacob Tremblay, who previously voiced Ariel’s confidant Flounder in the film Crazy Rich Asians and The Farewell. Awkwafina will voice Scuttle, Ariel’s seagull companion who helps her navigate her new, voiceless world, in a gender-flipped version.
“Oh, my God. That was really cool, I mean, “Awkwafina spoke with ComicBook.com about her experience filming for the film and her feelings about it.
“I mean, each of these experiences has been mind-blowing in its own way and has been extremely memorable, and it was particularly enjoyable to collaborate with Rob Marshall and Lin-Manuel [Miranda] on that particular project. And I believe that the rest of the world will appreciate it tremendously.”
Many people were disappointed that Melissa McCarthy was cast in the role of the sea witch Ursula, as they had hoped for a drag queen to play the underwater villain. McCarthy is an Oscar nominee, and she is playing Ursula.
McCarthy, on the other hand, is enthralled by the role, as she explained to People: “Ursula is one of my favorite characters in the world. My reaction has always been, “Oh my god,” despite the fact that I know she is the bad guy. For the most part, she’s a lot of fun to play with.”
Ursula may undergo a significant transformation from the animated original, and may instead adopt a plot point from the stage musical, in which Ursula is unambiguously identified as King Triton’s younger sister. It remains to be seen how much of this will be included in the film, but it appears likely that some of it will be explored.
The role of King Triton will be played by Javier Bardem, and despite rumors that Prince Eric would be played by Harry Styles, the role has been given to Jonah Hauer-King, who previously appeared in Little Women and World on Fire. As for Sebastian, the lovable crab will be played by Daveed Diggs, who has previously appeared in Hamilton and Snowpiercer.
The film also features Jude Akuwudike as Eric’s loyal Grimsby, who serves as his butler and confidant, Noma Dumezweni (The Undoing) as Carlotta, Eric’s housekeeper who looks after Ariel, and Lorena Andrea and Kajs Mohammar, who play Perla and Karina, two new characters introduced in the film.
Emily Coates (Cursed), Jessica Alexander (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil), Russell Balogh (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), and Adrian Christopher (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) have all been cast in roles that have not yet been revealed.
Meet the cast of Disney's The Little Mermaid, starring Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Awkwafina, Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Melissa McCarthy & Javier Bardem. Directed by Rob Marshall, featuring music from the animated original & new music by Alan Menken & Lin-Manuel Miranda. pic.twitter.com/yJLjNs4GEa
— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) December 11, 2020
Halle Bailey Says Her Favorite Song ‘Part of Your World’
Halle Bailey’s favorite song to perform was “of course” “Part of Your World” in the live-action version of The Little Mermaid, which she sang in the film.
In addition to her older sister Chloe, who turned 22 on Sunday, the musician appeared on the red carpet of the 94th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night. (The sisters are part of the musical duo Chloe x Halle, which performs as a group.)
Upon being asked by Brandon Maxwell about her “favorite song” to perform for the upcoming remake of the animated film, which is set to hit theatres next year, Bailey couldn’t help but wax poetic about the iconic staple from the animated film.
“Of course, ‘Part of Your World,'” she said, referring to the song that Ariel sings when she dreams about the world above water. “Of course, ‘Part of Your World,'” she said, laughing. “That’s right, that’s my number one.”
Bailey was cast in the role of Ariel, according to a Disney announcement made in July 2019.
At the time, director Rob Marshall stated that “after an extensive search, it became abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — as well as a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role.”
Bailey shared an Instagram photo of herself sitting in the ocean at sunset in September 2021, announcing the completion of filming and announcing the completion of filming.
In addition to Javier Bardem as King Triton, Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, and Awkwafina as Scuttle, the upcoming film also stars other big names in Hollywood.
Lin-Manuel Miranda revealed last month that the new songs that will be featured in the live-action adaptation will not be replacing any of the classics.
During an interview with Variety’s Awards Circuit podcast, the 42-year-old actor, who is working on the film with composer Alan Menken, talked about the songs that will be featured in the film.
“If Alan doesn’t like something, he will tell you,” Miranda said of Menken, who is 72 years old. “He’s the kind of guy who wears his heart and opinions on his sleeve. Along with the songs, he is also scoring the film, just as he did with the original.”
While acknowledging that he “won’t see a rough cut for another month or a couple of months,” Miranda stated that Menken’s own excitement has fueled his desire to see the film.
“We composed three or four original songs, none of which were intended to replace any of your favorites. “All of those are in,” Miranda said of the classic songs, which include “Under the Sea” and “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” Miranda added to Variety that the songs were “all in.”
“I don’t think there’s a bigger Little Mermaid fan than me,” he continued. “… However, we discovered a couple of opportunities for some other music that I can’t wait to see come to fruition… To be completely honest, I’m just as clueless as everyone else.”
Miranda revealed that Bailey’s Ariel will sing a track in the second half of the film, when she loses her voice and becomes a human, as one of the new songs.
“Rob came up with a novel way to communicate with Ariel, despite the fact that she is temporary without voice. We composed some music for her time on the ground. Her firsts as a person with legs for the first time are numerous, and we got to incorporate them into our musical performance in a variety of ways “Miranda went on to explain.
The Academy Awards for the year 2022 will be broadcast on ABC on Sunday night from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.
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Little Mermaid Live Action Trailer
Neither an official trailer nor any teasers have been released as of this writing, but we’ll let you know as soon as Disney releases a first look at the underwater live-action/computer-generated extravaganza.