Disney's live action remake The Little Mermaid has released its first trailer; watch it above.
The film, which is scheduled for release May 26, 2023, stars Halle Bailey (Grown-ish, The Color Purple) as leading mermaid Ariel, Jonah Hauer-King (Little Women, The Last Photograph) as Eric, Javier Bardem (Skyfall, No Country for Old Men) as King Triton, Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat) as Ursula, and Jude Akuwudike (Beasts of No Nation, The Tempest) as Grimsby. Lorena Andrea (Warrior Nun) and Kajsa Mohammar (Misbehaviour) play new characters Perla and Karina, respectively, with the cast rounded out by Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) voicing Sebastian, Jacob Tremblay (Room) voicing Flounder, and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) voicing Scuttle.
Oscar-nominated Chicago and Into the Woods director Rob Marshall helms the remake, penned by Jane Goldman and David Magee.
The Little Mermaid is based on the original story by Hans Christian Andersen and will feature songs from the 1989 animated Disney feature written by Oscar winner Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman. Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda have also collaborated on new material for the live-action remake.
Disney brought The Little Mermaid to the Broadway stage in 2007. The musical replaced another Disney show, Beauty and the Beast, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where it began previews November 3, 2007, and opened January 10, 2008. It played 685 performances and 50 previews, earning nominations for Best Original Score and Best Lighting Design of a Musical.
The Little Mermaid is executive produced by Allison Erlikhman, Jeffrey Silver, and Jessica Virtue. Miranda and Marshall produce alongside Marc Platt and John DeLuca, joined by co-producers Michael Zimmer and Russell Allen. Caroline Roberts is associate producer.