The Disney classic The Little Mermaid will be retold in 2023 in a live-action film that promises to be more vibrant and colorful than ever. Fans are curious about the release date, the cast members, and what the new trailer debuted at the Oscars says about the live-action Little Mermaid movie. Here is what we currently know about the upcoming Little Mermaid movie.

The Disney classic The Little Mermaid will be retold in 2023 in a live-action film that promises to be more vibrant and colorful than ever.

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 about 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.

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.

When is The Little Mermaid releasing?

The Disney live-action film adaptation of The Little Mermaid will debut on May 26, 2023. The film, which is directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by David Magee, centers on Ariel, the youngest daughter of King Triton, who is enthralled by the world of land dwellers above the ocean’s surface.

Here’s a glimpse of the official trailer:

On February 15, Disney released another teaser for the upcoming film. This time, viewers get to see a little more of the underwater world of Ariel. Check out the video. 

The Little Mermaid Cast

There is no doubt that the Little Mermaid cast is exceptional. The film stars not just Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Being the Ricardos) and Tony winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, Snowpiercer), but also the incomparable and hilarious actress Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Nine Perfect Strangers).

cast of the little mermaid 2023

Halle Bailey is the actress portraying Ariel, the beloved mermaid. Bailey’s career in the music industry has produced some of her most notable achievements, whilst Halle’s breakthrough acting role has been starring Sky Forster in the sitcom Grown-ish.

In 2015, she and her sister Chloe secured a contract with Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment label under the name Chloe x Halle. Since then, the group has received four Grammy nominations.

The full credited cast for The Little Mermaid (2023) is as follows:

  • Halle Bailey as Ariel
  • Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric
  • Melissa McCarthy as Ursula
  • Javier Bardem as King Triton
  • Jude Akuwudike as Joshua
  • Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina
  • Kajsa Mohammar as Karina
  • Lorena Andrea as Perla
  • Daveed Diggs as Sebastian (voice)
  • Jacob Tremblay as Flounder (voice)
  • Awkwafina as Scuttle (voice)
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda as Chef Louis (rumored)
  • Simone Ashley as Indira
  • Martina Laird as Lashana
  • Art Malik as Sir Grimsby
  • Jessica Alexander as Vanessa
  • John Dagleish as Mulligan
  • Emily Coates as Rosa

Fans are looking forward to the historical release of the film. Meanwhile, the animated version of the film is available to watch on disney+ in exchange of a subscription fee.

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