The Little Mermaid upcoming film: All You Need To Know

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Rob Marshall is directing the next musical fantasy film The Little Mermaid in the US. The script, which was based from a story by Magee, Marshall, and John DeLuca, was written by David Magee and Jane Goldman.

It is a Walt Disney Pictures creation and a live-action adaptation of the animated film of the same name from 1989, which was partly based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale of the same name.

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The Little Mermaid premise

In “The Little Mermaid,” a young mermaid strikes a bargain with a sea witch to exchange her lovely voice for human legs so she might explore the world above water and win over a prince.

The Little Mermaid actors

The Little Mermaid upcoming film: All to know about the Little Mermaid

Halle Bailey plays Ariel, a mermaid princess and the youngest child of King Triton who is enthralled by the human world.

After Ariel saves him from drowning, Eric, a human prince, falls in love with her and vows to find and wed her, as played by Jonah Hauer-King.

Ariel strikes a pact with the cunning sea witch Ursula, played by Melissa McCarthy, to transform into a human in order to help her infiltrate Atlantica.

Javier Bardem plays King Triton, the King of Atlantica and the overbearing father of Ariel who harbors hatred against humans.

Noma Dumezweni plays the movie’s first new character, Queen Selina.

Eric’s devoted butler and confidant Grimsby, played by Art Malik, makes sure that Eric chooses the ideal woman to wed.

Perla, a new character for the movie, is played by Lorena Andrea.

Karina, a new character for the movie, is played by Kajsa Mohammar.

The Little Mermaid release date

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures plans to release the movie on May 26, 2023, in the United States.

In April 2023, Disney will publish novels based on the live-action remake.

The Little Mermaid controversy

The public’s reaction to the movie’s decision to cast a Black actress as Ariel—who was initially white in the 1989 animated film—was mixed after Halle Bailey’s announcement as the character’s replacement in June 2019 and after the debut of the first trailer in September 2022.

Negative responses have been supported by claims that a Black mermaid violates historical authenticity, that the adaptation should be as true to the source material as possible, and that mermaids can never be Black because they are aquatic animals. The harsh response was slammed by numerous media sites as being racist.

Whether Ariel is black or white, it is obvious that the movie should be disregarded and then forgotten about forever, according to Stuart Heritage of The Guardian, who condemned both sides of the argument.

Bailey was commended by the 1989 movie’s voice actress Jodi Benson, who said, “I think that the soul of a character is what actually matters.” 

Anika Noni Rose, who provided the voice of Tiana (the first recognized African-American Princess of Disney), and Brandy Norwood, the first woman of color to portray Cinderella in a Disney television film of the same name in 1997, both praised the choice of Bailey to play Ariel.