Disney released the first teaser trailer for The Little Mermaid. It follows Halle Bailey as Princess Ariel, who makes a deal with a sea witch: trading her beautiful voice to get human legs so she can discover the world above water. The Little Mermaid is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 26, 2023. Watch the trailer below.
Directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay written by Jane Goldman and David Magee. The series is a live-action adaptation of the 1989 animated film of the same name, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of the same name. The film also stars Jonah Hauer-King, Javier Bardem, and Melissa McCarthy, with Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, and Awkwafina in voice roles.
Speaking to Variety, Marshall told Bailey’s impressive audition for the role, recalling that he was “in tears because she’s so soulful.” he added, “You could tell right away that she was able to harness Ariel’s passion, her fire, her soul, her joy and her heart,” said Marshall, “She looks stunning in red hair; not everybody does.”
During the first footage screening at Disney’s D23 Expo, Bailey told “I’m sure all of you in here can relate to Ariel and how special she is to all of us,” she said, “Being a little girl swimming in the pool, imagining I was a mermaid, I never imagined that would come to life [like this]. … The three days filming ‘Part of Your World’ was the most beautiful experience of my life — feeling all the feelings she feels, her passion, discomfort, everything she’s experiencing. It was so exciting for me to play those emotions and to have Rob directing me and being such a moving force on this film was really an honor.”
The Little Mermaid started development in early 2016. Produced by Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc Platt, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the latter who co-wrote new songs for the remake as the lyricist, Alan Menken is set to return as the composer for both the score and the songs.