Live-action ‘Little Mermaid’ debuts in first trailer

A new little mermaid is ready to become part of your world.

The little Mermaid is the latest Disney classic to go from animation to live-action. The update, directed by Chicago and Into the forest‘ Rob Marshall, remakes the 1989 cartoon classic. It will feature the original songs that everyone loves like “Part of Your World” along with several new tracks – including some written by Hamilton and Moana songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The film will be in cinemas in the summer of 2023 – but the very first look at Halle Bailey in the title role of Ariel, the mermaid who becomes human, just debuted on D23 Disney convention. And here it is online – a short teaser trailer sure to remind fans of the original look and feel of the old film. Ariel’s archive of treasures from the human world – and even some of her underwater moves – are similar to the 1989 film. See for yourself:

Here is the film’s official synopsis:

“The Little Mermaid,” visionary filmmaker Rob Marshall’s live-action reimagining of the studio’s Oscar®-winning animated musical classic, opens exclusively in theaters nationwide on May 26, 2023. “The Little Mermaid” is the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and lively young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton’s daughters and the most defiant, Ariel yearns to find out more about the world beyond the sea, and while visiting the surface, falls for the handsome Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land, but ultimately puts her life – and her father’s crown – in danger.

The rest of the cast includes Javier Bardem as King Triton, Daveed Diggs as the voice of Sebastian, and Melissa McCarthy as the evil Ursula. The little Mermaid is scheduled to premiere in theaters on May 26, 2023.

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