Disney takes viewers “under the water” to showcase the gorgeous live-action and VFX of the world of the much-loved characters in the new “The Little Mermaid” trailer.
Rob Marshall’s live-action musical, which stars Halle Bailey as Ariel, recreates the 1989 animated classic. In addition to four original songs, the soundtrack was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken, who also composed the music for the 1989 “Little Mermaid” movie.
With Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, and Awkwafina as Scuttle, “The Little Mermaid” stars a cast of talented actors.
The R&B duet Chloe x Halle, nominated for a Grammy, is made up of Bailey and Halle. She has appeared in “A Wrinkle in Time,” “Grown-ish,” and “Last Holiday” among other films.
Ariel would be played by a Black woman, prompting some Twitter users to use the hashtag #NotMyAriel in outrage. The actor revealed to Variety that she sought guidance from her grandparents, who shared their experiences with bigotry during the storm. 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, they said, and it was an inspirational and lovely thing to hear, said Bailey.
She claimed that during the reaction, the idea of providing young females with the representation that she did not have growing up helped. What that would have done for me, how it would have altered Bailey’s self-assurance, self-belief, and everything else. Things that are so trivial to others are enormous to us.
The live-action remake is being made by Miranda, Marshall, Russell Allen, John DeLuca, Marc Platt, and Michael Zimmer. The movie, which was written by Jane Goldman and David Magee, has Allison Erlikhman as its executive producer.
Launch date for “The Little Mermaid” is May 26. the trailer is below.