Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Release date, first look, plot and more

Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Release date, first look, plot, and trailer updates
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Is Disney’s The Little Mermaid releasing in 2022 or 2023? Continue reading to find out. 

The first look at one of the most anticipated live-action movies, The Little Mermaid, has been finally revealed and started to trend on Twitter as soon as the teaser was shown at D23 Expo. It is a Walt Disney Pictures movie that is a live-action version of the 1989 animated film of the same name, which is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story of the same name. This musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall is based on a screenplay by David Magee and a screenplay by Magee, Marshall, and John DeLuca.

If you intend to watch this new movie on the big screen to relive your childhood fantasies and experience the magic of Ariel once again. Then you’ve reached the right place! as we have compiled a list of all the necessary details to get a head start before the movie’s world premiere. Here’s a quick brief rundown of everything you need to know about the release date, plotline, and cast. Keep reading to learn more about Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Release date, first look, plot, and trailer updates

The Little Mermaid Release Date

Disney has officially confirmed that The Little Mermaid is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 26, 2023. The official Twitter handle of Disney also confined the news by sharing a little teaser of the movie, quoting, “Out of the sea, wish I could be… part of that world. Disney’s The Little Mermaid is coming to theaters on May 26, 2023. #D23Expo” Take a look at the official post below: 

Disney provided a first look at its live-action adaptation at the D23 Expo. The crowd at D23 Expo was not expecting to see the teaser. It was a surprise worth waiting for as Halle Bailey’s voice as Ariel while singing the popular song, Part of Your World,” stole the show. Later, Bailey stated that this was the first time she had seen Walt Disney Pictures’ footage of the picture.

She said, “I’m sure all of you in here can relate to Ariel and how special she is to all of us,” she said from the stage.”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 Plot

According to Disney, “The Little Mermaid” tells the story of Ariel (Halle Bailey), the youngest daughter of King Triton (Javier Bardem), the ruler of the underwater kingdom Atalantica. Ariel, already fascinated by the world of humans, falls deeply in love with the handsome Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King) after saving him during a shipwreck and resolves to meet him in the world above water. Her quest brings her into conflict with her father and in the clutches of the scheming sea witch Ursula (Melissa McCarthy).

Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Release date, first look, plot, and trailer updates

The Little Mermaid Cast and Crew

Apart from the main cast and voice actors, Jessica Alexander, Russell Balogh, Adrian Christopher, Emily Coates, and Simone Ashley have been cast in undisclosed roles. The main cast members of the movie, with their character descriptions, are as follows:

Halle Bailey as Ariel: A mermaid princess and King Triton’s youngest daughter who is fascinated with the human world.

Jonah Hauer-King as Eric: A human prince whom Ariel falls in love with after saving him from drowning, after which he becomes determined to find and marry Ariel.

Melissa McCarthy as Ursula: A treacherous sea witch whom Ariel makes a deal with to become a human, which is secretly part of Ursula’s plan to conquer Atlantica. 

Javier Bardem as King Triton: Ariel’s overprotective father and the King of Atlantica, who is prejudiced against humans. 

Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina: A new character for the film. 

Art Malik as Grimsby: Eric’s loyal butler and confidant, who sees to it that Eric finds the right girl to marry. 

Lorena Andrea as Perla: A new character for the film. 

Kajsa Mohammar as Karina: A new character for the film. 

The Voice actors of the movie with their character descriptions are as follows: 

Daveed Diggs as Sebastian: A loyal crab and King Triton’s trusted servant and court composer who watches over Ariel. 

Jacob Tremblay as Flounder: An anxious yet noble tropical fish who is Ariel’s best friend. 

Awkwafina as Scuttle: A dimwitted diving bird and a friend of Ariel’s, to whom she provides inaccurate descriptions of any human/surface world object Ariel finds. The character will be portrayed as a female diving bird instead of a male seagull as in the original in order to feature the character in underwater scenes. 

“The Little Mermaid” is directed by Oscar nominee Rob Marshall and written by two-time Oscar nominee David Magee, with a live-action story adaptation by David Magee, Rob Marshall, and two-time Emmy winner John DeLuca, based on the short story by Hans Christian Andersen and the Disney animated film by Ron Clements and John Musker. 

The film is produced by two-time Emmy winner Marc Platt, three-time Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rob Marshall, and John DeLuca, with Jeffrey Silver serving as executive producer. The score is by multiple Academy Award winner Alan Menken, who won two Oscars for the music in the animated version of “The Little Mermaid,” with music supervised and produced by Mike Higham. The music is by Alan Menken, the lyrics are by Howard Ashman, and the new lyrics are by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Release date, first look, plot, and trailer updates

The Little Mermaid Official Teaser

On September 9, 2022, Rob Marshall and Halle Bailey appeared at the 2022 D23 Expo to offer an exclusive screening of the film’s “Part of Your World” scene, which garnered a great reception from onlookers, who applauded Bailey’s vocal performance. The teaser trailer for the film was presented to the public the same day. Take a look at the official trailer below: 

The Little Mermaid | Official Teaser Trailer

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