Few movies have made as much of an impact on fans before their release as The Little Mermaid. Between the controversy of casting Halle Bailey as Princess Ariel and the accusations of Disney pandering to “woke” audiences to the hype surrounding the movie as a live-action remake of the classic and beloved animated feature, fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of May when the movie will be released, so they can see the Halle Bailey work her magic as Princess Ariel. And now, Disney has given fans more to look forward to after the previous Little Mermaid teaser trailer! Walt Disney Studios just released a new trailer for the movie The Little Mermaid and it has us drowning in our feels.
The trailer was released on March 12, 2023 and has already taken the internet by storm. The trailer offers us a look at Jonah Hauer-King as the dashing Prince Eric, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, the evil sea witch, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina, and even a sneak peek into Daveed Diggs and Jacob Tremblay as Sebastian and Flounder.
Fans are thrilled to see the trailer and are incredibly emotional watching it. Even brands like Dove and IMAX have been sharing their excitement, with the former tweeting, “We’re so excited about this! It’s so important for young girls to see themselves be represented.” Many were particularly excited about Ariel and Ursula’s roles and dialogue within the trailer and are looking greatly forward to what’s coming in a few months, with some fans even saying they were “sobbing.”
This trailer also comes after Halle Bailey broke down on seeing the film’s merchandise, completely overwhelmed at how her portrayal of Ariel had resulted in a new doll. The movie also will be developing parts of the storyline from the animated version further—for example, Prince Eric’s mother will have a role in the film.
The Little Mermaid will be in theaters on May 26, 2023. It was directed by Rob Marshall, the man who also directed Pirated of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Into the Woods, and Mary Poppins Returns. It also includes music (i.e. a new song) from Lin Manuel Miranda, and Alan Menken returned as the composer, a screenplay by David Magee, and is based on the old Hans Christian Andersen fairytale.