As the months grow shorter, our anticipation grown higher for the upcoming reboot of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" starring Halle Bailey.
Bailey stars as Ariel, alongside Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Jacob Tremblay as the voice of Flounder and Daveed Diggs as the voice of Sebastian. The trailer gives a first look at Ursula and Prince Eric.
Disney first announced Bailey would be taking on the role of Ariel in July 2019. A first teaser for the new film dropped in Sept. 2022, spurring much love for Bailey’s singing — even if she only appeared on-screen for 15 seconds.
The tiny glimpse of Ariel in the first trailer had little girls in a frenzy, and some in tears, at finally being able to see themselves in a long loved character.
“It was an inspiring and beautiful thing to hear their words of encouragement, telling me, ‘You don’t understand 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,’” Bailey told Variety in an interview, recounting her grandparents’ reaction to the trailer.
Now, let's get into this glimpse of McCarthy's "Ursula"!
We can already tell by her eyes that she is going to completely nail this character. Even though we've never really seen McCarthy play a malicious character like this, we have faith that she's going to be just what the film needs.
Now, just 100 days away from the films premiere, we're graced with another short look!
The soundtrack is a collaborative effort from Broadway legend Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken, who scored the original animated “The Little Mermaid.” Miranda teamed up with Menken for four original songs, though he assured listeners on Variety’s Awards Circuit Podcast these new compositions won’t take the place of beloved classics like “Kiss the Girl” and “Under the Sea.”
The film is being produced by Miranda, Marshall, Russell Allen, John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Michael Zimmer, with Allison Erlikhman working as an executive producer. Jane Goldman and David Magee penned the script.
The film arrives in theaters May 26, 2023 and will undoubtedly stream on Disney+ a few weeks, or months, later.