The Little Mermaid Trailer: Check Out This Trailer, Isn’t It Fun? [D23]

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Wherever you stand in the great Disney debate of the present moment, there’s no denying one simple fact: When Disney transforms one of its animated classics into a live-action remake, it’s guaranteed to make a lot of money. No matter how mind-boggling it is to watch side-by-side footage of animated and live-action Simba, that doesn’t change the fact that “The Lion King” jumped to the top of the box office upon release. So sooner or later, the Disney classic you love most will be dragged out of the Disney vault and into the eerie valley world of live-action. But on the plus side, that’s not always a bad thing!

Aside from the pessimism fueled by capitalism, this can be a fun experiment: Can these classics be updated? Changed for the better? Or maybe they’re just here to introduce a new generation to stories that would be retold anyway – after all, they’re based on fairy tales! Today we get to do that thought experiment with our good old friend, Ariel, because Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is next in the live-action role.

In this new version of ‘The Little Mermaid’, which hits theaters in 2023, Halle Bailey stars as the titular Ariel, a mermaid princess fascinated by the human world. The actress and singer is known for being half of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle, alongside roles in Freeform’s “Grown-ish” and Blitz Bazawule’s upcoming version of “The Color Purple”. The cast also includes Jonah Hauer-King (‘Little Women’ miniseries) as Prince Eric, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian and Jacob Tremblay as Bot. So far, Disney has remained as secretive as ever, but now that we’re only a few months away from the film’s release, the D23 Expo has given us a first look at ‘The Little Mermaid’.

Watch The Little Mermaid Sneak Peek

Like many Disney projects before it, “The Little Mermaid” comes with the backing of an acclaimed group of creatives. Rob Marshall, director of “Chicago”, “Into the Woods” and “Mary Poppins Returns”, continues his musical streak at the helm of this film, which is also produced by Lin Manuel Miranda, John DeLucas and Marc Platt. The screenplay is by Jane Goldman (“Rebecca”, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”) and David Magee (“Mary Poppins Returns”). And as for music? Alan Menken, who scored and co-wrote songs for the original Disney film, returns as composer for the remake, which includes both the originals and new songs written by Miranda.

1989’s “The Little Mermaid” marked a turning point in Disney’s history and quickly became one of the most beloved titles in the studio’s collection. Children and adults alike fell in love with the strong-willed Ariel as she battled to find a place for herself in the human world. Did the said children later come back to the story as adults to realize the flaws in her ill-conceived deal with the sea witch, Ursula? Perhaps. Still, Ariel’s adventure marked the beginning of the Disney renaissance and for good reason – it revived the original Disney formula and was followed by many more movies that did the same. Is there a chance that history will repeat itself? Finally, we’re about to find out.

“The Little Mermaid” will premiere on May 26, 2023.

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