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In May 2016, it was announced that there would be a remake of The Little Mermaid from 1989. Disney revealed Marshall has signed on to direct in December 2017.
ABOUT The Little Mermaid 2023…
We’re going under the water, so get in, loser! The Little Mermaid, a beloved Disney animated film, is going to be released in theaters in a live-action version.
The 1989 original movie is a musical that is partially based on the same-named fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, the father of fairy tales. The teenage mermaid Ariel, the princess of the undersea nation of Atlantica and the youngest daughter of King Triton, is the main character of the well-known musical. Ariel’s curiosity with people sends her on a journey filled with magic, romance, and adventure—as well as a contract with the devil. The malevolent sea witch Ursula is a close enough substitute for the devil, if not quite.
Rob Marshall, who is well known for helming the motion picture musical adaptation of the Broadway play Chicago, will be in charge of directing the movie. Alan Menken, who originally composed the score for The Little Mermaid, will return to do so and will work with one of the movie’s producers, Lin-Manuel Miranda, to create brand-new songs.
Like any live-action remake of a beloved childhood memory, the movie’s live-action adaption has been divisive, drawing both criticism and admiration. If you’re still not convinced, continue reading to learn what we currently know about the revised version of the movie. Everything you need to know about The Little Mermaid is provided below, including the cast list, brand-new songs, the movie’s release date, the trailer, first images, and much more.
The singer Halle Bailey would play the live-action Ariel, as was first revealed back in July 2019. Director Rob Marshall at the time stated, “After a thorough search, it was plainly evident that Halle possesses that unique combination of passion, heart, youth, innocence and substance—plus a magnificent singing voice—all intrinsic attributes necessary to embody this legendary role.”
Halle, who is known one-half of the singing duet Chloe x Halle with her sister, Chlöe Bailey, will play Ariel in her first leading role in a feature film. Halle has previously been in supporting roles when she was younger in films like Last Holiday and Let It Shine on the Disney Channel. Halle, 22, is best recognized for her role as Sky Forster on Freeform’s Grown-ish, even though she has a few more significant films now in post-production. Halle will play Young Nettie in the 2023 film musical The Color Purple.
But as soon as Halle’s casting was revealed, the young actress faced a tremendous amount of online racial hostility. Social media users created the trending hashtag #NotMyAriel, published furious memes, and vowed to boycott the movie when it was released.
In the summer of 2022, Halle finally addressed the criticism she had received, telling Variety that she had sought guidance from her grandparents, who had endured decades of prejudice, on how to deal with such animosity.
She continued, “You don’t comprehend what this is doing for us, for our community, for all the little Black and brown girls who are going to see themselves in you. It was an inspirational and beautiful thing to hear their words of encouragement.
“What that would have done for me, how my confidence, my conviction in myself, everything would have changed. Things that are so trivial to everyone else are enormous to us, Halle continued. Despite having to face such online criticism, Halle’s time spent as Princess Ariel has undoubtedly been life-changing — while filming, she paid homage to the movie by becoming a cat mom and naming her kitty Poseidon. We truly love to see it. “I want the little girl in me and the little girls just like me who are watching to know that they’re special, and that they should be a princess in every single way. There’s no reason that they shouldn’t be
While certain cast members’ particular roles in The Little Mermaid are still a mystery, the core cast has been revealed, and it is a stellar list.
Prince Eric was finally played by British actor Jonah Hauer-King, despite numerous rumors that Harry Styles was being considered for the position back in 2019. Halle Bailey referred to Jonah as her “friend for endless lifetimes” in an Instagram letter she posted to her cast and crew after the movie was finished.
The cast for Ariel’s sea life team has also been confirmed! Daveed Diggs, who starred in Blindspotting and Hamilton, will play Sebastian the crab, Jacob Tremblay will play Flounder the fish, and Awkwafina will play a version of Scuttle that is gender-flipped. Scuttle appeared as a male seagull in the first animated movie. Scuttle will be a female diving bird in the new rendition, which will supposedly enable the character to appear in more underwater scenes.
Queen Selina, who is portrayed in the live-action movie by Noma Dumezweni, Perla, and Karina are new characters (Kajsa Mohammar). In the movie, but in unspecified roles, were actors Jessica Alexander, Emily Coates, Russell Balogh, Adrian Christopher, and Bridgerton star Simone Ashley. Fingers crossed! (Many fans believe Simone Ashley will portray one of Ariel’s sisters.)
Yes! Early in September 2022, The Little Mermaid’s official teaser trailer was made available. The video, which is just over a minute long, transports us on an incredible voyage into the ocean as aquatic life flits about the surface. Soon, a recognizable scaly fin may be seen swimming through a sunken ship. In the last few seconds of the trailer, as she sings a brief excerpt of the iconic song from the movie, “Part of Your World,” Halle appears for the first time as Ariel.
People shared videos of young Black girls and kids of all colors expressing excitement and astonishment at Halle’s Ariel after the trailer went popular online, dispelling the discriminatory notion that kids wouldn’t accept a Black version of the Disney princess.
Words can’t express how incredibly pleased I feel to play the mermaid of my dreams, Halle published the official Little Mermaid poster on her social media pages shortly after Disney announced on social media that “Halle Bailey is Ariel” in mid-October 2022.
In the fantastical poster, Halle’s red hair gloriously floats behind her. The actress spoke candidly to Entertainment Weekly about the personal significance of incorporating her own naturally curly, loc styled hair into Ariel’s look.
Halle told Entertainment Weekly that the movie’s director, Rob Marshall, is “so fantastic” and “just saying, ‘I see you and I want to get you into the character,'” The dress, the fins, everything. It’s just great. I’m really thankful that I was able to take the spirit of me and merge the two. “My hair, for example — mixing my locs with the red hair was something that was extremely precious to me.
Four brand-new, original songs will be included in the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, according to composer Alan Menken, who spoke with Disney’s For Scores podcast in 2021. A new song for Eric and Ariel, King Triton, and Scuttle is on the way, and Menken recently revealed to other media sites that it would be a “blend” of his and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical talents. In a 2021 interview with Collider, Lin-Manuel discussed the difficulties of creating fresh music for a beloved Disney classic.
In The Little Mermaid, “so much of my work was that desire fulfillment,” he claimed. “Every song you love in The Little Mermaid is still in The Little Mermaid, we just found some new moments to musicalize. That’s really tricky. I actually didn’t write any new songs for Sebastian the Crab because I love his songs so much, but I did get to write for some of the other characters in that movie.”
One of the new songs will play in a sequence where Ariel is on land and in her human form, Lin-Manuel stated earlier this year. He also hinted that Daveed Diggs, who plays Sebastian, “may rap” in the film.
Recording the soundtrack for the film was, according to Halle Bailey, the “number one” exciting experience she had during filming. Co-stars Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy have lauded Halle’s voice, with Javier calling her vocal prowess “out of this world” and Melissa adding that Halle’s singing caused numerous co-stars to cry on set.
On Watch What Happens Live in June, Melissa stated, “That lady has got roots down and she sings from her heart. When I heard [her singing the song], there were like seven of us that just came out weeping.” To be honest, we’re crying just thinking about it.
On May 26, 2023, The Little Mermaid is anticipated to open in theaters all around the United States. Date your calendars right away!
Ariel (Halle Bailey), the youngest child of King Triton (Javier Bardem), the monarch of the underwater realm Atlantica, is the subject of the animated film “The Little Mermaid.” After rescuing the dashing Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King) from a shipwreck and falling profoundly in love with him, Ariel, who is already enthralled by the world of humans, decides to meet him in the world above water. Her search puts her at odds with her father and in Ursula’s clutches, the cunning sea witch (Melissa McCarthy).FULL STORY (SPOILER)
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