The Little Mermaid Release Date Status, Cast, and More

When it comes to Disney live-action remakes, no matter how you feel about the idea, the studio keeps churning them out, and the one we are watching closely is The Little Mermaid, one of our favorites because of Halle Bailey’s great voice.

Disney’s latest version of The Little Mermaid was completed in early July 2021, and she shared the first glimpse of her as Ariel to celebrate the moment.

Halle Bailey said, “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.”

The Little Mermaid is getting a live-action remake, and this article will help you to get ready for the return to the depths of the ocean.

The Little Mermaid Release Date

After much anticipation, a release date for the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid has been announced.

This reimagining of the animated classic will hit theatres on May 26th, 2023, according to Disney. There’s no word on whether it’ll be available on Disney+ at the same time, but for the time being, all new Disney films will be shown in theatres exclusively.

After a few setbacks, the new film’s production finally came to an end, lasting from January to July of 2021. The film’s release in 2023 is later than we had anticipated, but we’re confident it will be well worth the wait.

The Little Mermaid Release Date Cast

We already know that Ariel will be played by CHLOE X HALLE’s Halle Bailey.

The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid

Ariel’s original voice actress, Jodi Benson, endorsed Bailey’s selection. In her opinion, “I think that the spirit of a character is what really matters.” What you bring to the table in a character as far as their heart and their spirit is what really counts. I think the most important thing for a film is to be able to tell a story.”

One of the stars of Crazy Rich Asians and The Farewell will play Scuttle, Ariel’s seagull sidekick who helps her navigate her new, silent world whereas Room star Jacob Tremblay will play Flounder.

Awkwafina said,” Oh man. I mean, that was so cool.”

“I mean, each one of these experiences is mind-blowing in their own respect and very special, and for that one, it was so cool to work with Rob Marshall and Lin-Manuel [Miranda]. And I think that the world’s going to really, really like it.”

The casting of Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, a sea witch, drew criticism from many who had hoped for a drag queen to portray the undersea menace.

McCarthy gushed to People about how much she adores the role, “I have such an affection for Ursula. I know she’s the villain, but I’ve just always kind of been like, ‘Oh my god.’ I mean, she’s kind of delicious to play.”

There may be a major shift in the story, and instead of the animated version, Ursula may pick up a plot point from the stage musical instead. It’s unclear how much of this will be incorporated into the film, but it seems probable that at least some of it will be.

King Triton will be played by Javier Bardem, while Prince Eric will be played by Jonah Hauer-King, who previously starred in Little Women and World on Fire.

Daveed Diggs, best known for his roles in Hamilton and Snowpiercer, will portray Sebastian the crab.

Eric’s butler and confidant Grimsby is played by Jude Akuwudike, Eric’s housekeeper Carlotta is played by Noma Dumezweni (The Undoing), and newcomers Lorena Andrea and Kajs Mohammar, portray Perla and Karina.

Emily Coates (Cursed) and Russell Balogh (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil) are both casts as unknown characters, as is Jessica Alexander (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil).

The Little Mermaid Songs

While the plot of the remake is assumed to be very similar to the original animation, we do know that new songs will be included in the film.

In February 2020, Lin-Manuel Miranda confirmed that he had written four new songs for the live-action adaptation of the film with Alan Menken.

Those expecting a modernized version of The Little Mermaid should be cautiously enthusiastic. Women, minorities, and those who identify as LGBTQ+ were all included in Disney’s new diversity initiatives, which were announced in the summer of 2019.

Fans who are concerned about not hearing ‘Under the Sea’ in The Little Mermaid may be relieved to know that the musical style of the film will be similar to that of the original. It’s at least possible that Halle Bailey’s inclusion in the cast is a sign of things to come.

In addition, the remake of The Lion King received some criticism for being too similar to the original—almost identical.

The Little Mermaid will have to walk a tight line between homage and imitation, as well as respect and creativity if it is to live up to its predecessors’ high standards.

The Little Mermaid Trailer

While there is currently no official trailer for Disney’s live-action/CGI aquatic spectacular, we will keep you updated as soon as it is released.

On May 26, 2023, Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be released in theatres globally.

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