Prepare to flip your fins, Ariel fans! The new live-action remake of the 1989 classic The Little Mermaid has been highly anticipated by some Disney fans (and dreaded by others who are tired of Disney’s live-action remakes) — but now we finally have a trailer to “sea”!
Halle Bailey stars as Ariel this time, instead of Disney Legend Jodi Benson. As with the other upcoming live-action adaptations like Snow White and Hercules, there have only been brief glimpses of the projects so far. This teaser trailer, which was just shared during the 2022 D23 Expo in Anaheim, is the most we’ve gotten to see of Halle Bailey in her new role as Ariel the little mermaid!
Out of the sea, wish I could be… part of that world.
— Disney (@Disney) September 9, 2022
Halle Bailey is one half of the singing duo called Chloe x Halle (which is how she was discovered, since Beyonce took a liking to the pair), so her beautiful rendition of Ariel’s signature “I want” song is just as lovely as expected — but Halle Bailey actually said that she found singing “Part of Your World” to be a very emotionally-challenging experience while filming the movie.
Other actors in the film include comedy icon Melissa McCarthy (who is playing the villain Ursula), Jonah Hauer-King (who is playing Ariel’s love interest Prince Eric), and dramatic actor Javier Bardem (who is playing King Triton, Ariel’s father and the ruler of the seas). Judging by this teaser trailer, the new Little Mermaid movie looks like it will follow the original 1989 film to the letter — except with gorgeous special effects and CGI scenery.
The Little Mermaid is slated for a May 2023 release! Are you looking forward to this remake? Have you enjoyed Disney’s previous live-action remakes?