The live-action remakes of Disney animated films continue this spring with The Little Mermaid (2023).
The highly-anticipated film stars Halle Bailey as the title character, alongside Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Lin-Manual Miranda as Le Chef Louis, and Simone Ashley as India.
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As part of the Disney100 celebration, which takes place throughout this year for the 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company, a new teaser for the film has finally been released. (The last teaser for The Little Mermaid was released during last year’s D23 Expo, and the latest one was originally thought to have been released during the Super Bowl this year, so fans have been waiting to see more of the film.)
Check out the new teaser for The Little Mermaid shared by Walt Disney Studios on February 15, 2023:
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The new video gives fans their first glimpse at the reimagined world “under the sea,” along with a look at characters not seen in past trailers, like Prince Eric and Ursula.
Oscar-nominated director Rob Marshall [Mary Poppins Returns (2018)] has returned to work on the film alongside producers Marc Platt. Lin-Manuel Miranda, and John DeLuca, with Jeffrey Silver as executive producer. Much like the original animated version of The Little Mermaid (1989) the music is set to be a major part of the live action remake. The film’s score is done by Academy Award winner Alan Menken (who received two Oscars for his work on the original animated film), with the music supervised and produced by Mike Higham, original lyrics by Howard Ashman, and lyrics new to this version of the story by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
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The Little Mermaid will be released in theaters everywhere on May 26, 2023, with no release date set for Disney+ so far.
As for the presence of the new live-action film in the theme parks, Disney has begun the process of casting character performers to portray Halle Bailey’s version of the character, but we do not yet know where the character will be featured in the theme parks or whether it will be a meet and greet, distanced sighting, or character cavalcade.
We will continue to share updates on The Little Mermaid here on Disney Tips in the weeks leading up to the film’s theatrical release.