In the new trailer for “The Little Mermaid,” Disney brings viewers “Under the Sea” to witness the beloved characters’ world in all stunning live-action scenes and visual effects glory.
Directed by Rob Marshall, the live-action musical revives the 1989 animated film with Halle Bailey starring as Ariel. The soundtrack was created by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken (who wrote the score for 1989’s “Little Mermaid”) and will feature classics from the original film as well as four original songs.
“The Little Mermaid” features Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina, Jacob Tremblay voicing Flounder, and Daveed Diggs voicing Sebastian and Awkwafina voice Scuttle.
Bailey makes up one half of the Grammy-nominated R&B duo Chloe x Halle. Her acting credits include “A Wrinkle in Time”, “Grown-ish”, and “Last Holiday”.
When it was announced that a black woman would play Ariel, some Twitter users broke out with the hashtag #NotMyAriel. said the actor diverse She turned to her grandparents for advice, who shared their stories of racism amidst the storm. “It was such an inspiring and beautiful thing to hear your words of encouragement, and tell me, ‘You don’t understand what this is doing for us, for our community, for all the little black girls and brown girls who are going to see themselves in me,’” Bailey said.
She said the idea of inspiring young girls with acting they didn’t grow up with also helped during the backlash. “What that would have done to me, how that would have changed my confidence, my belief in myself, everything,” Bailey said. “Things that seem so small to everyone else are so big to us.”
Miranda, Marshall, Russell Allen, John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Michael Zimmer produce the live-action remake. Allison Ehrlichman serves as the film’s executive producer, along with Jane Goldman and David Magee.
Premiere of “The Little Mermaid” May 26th. Watch the trailer below.
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