In just a few months, Disney will release its newest live-action remake, The Little Mermaid. The new film will star Halle Bailey as the titular mermaid and give fans a brand-new look at a classic tale they have come to know and love. The film will also star Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Awkwafina as Scuttle, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula.
Disney confirmed back in May 2016 that it would be adding The Little Mermaid to its list of live-action remakes. In the five years since, Disney has given us glimpses of the new film, as well as a teaser trailer. Finally, on February 15, Disney dropped its highly-anticipated trailer for the film, giving viewers a first look at Hauer-King’s Prince Eric and Melissa McCarthy’s Ursula.
Disney’s decision to remake classic animated stories has always been controversial, as some fans would like to see Disney making more original films, instead of retelling the same stories. However, The Little Mermaid became even more controversial when Disney announced that Halle Bailey — a young black actress and singer — would be playing Ariel. Many wanted Ariel to look like the mermaid they have loved for decades. Others had no problem with Bailey’s casting, but thought that Disney should have given her an original story.
The release of the new trailer comes days after Disney upset fans who watched the Superbowl in anticipation of the new trailer. The trailer was not released during the Superbowl, and fans took to social media to vent their frustrations. The Little Mermaid is expected to be one of Disney’s biggest, and most successful, films of the year.
The film’s original composer, Alan Menken, and Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda have teamed up to add new music to the film’s original beautiful numbers. The Little Mermaid will be released in theaters on May 26, 2023. Disney has not yet shared when the film will head to the company’s streaming platform, Disney+.