A new live action movie adaption of The Little Mermaid is on its way – here’s all we know so far.
A big screen version of the original 1989 Disney animation is coming to cinemas soon.
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, it tells the story of mermaid Princess named Ariel who dreams of becoming human. She makes a deal with a sea witch called Ursula after falling for a prince named Eric and rescuing him in a storm.
The Little Mermaid live action cast
In the lead role of Ariel, originally voiced by Jodi Benson, will be singer Halle Bailey. The 19-year-old R&B singer is best known for her work as part of duo Chloe x Halle.
Jonah Hauer-King is to play Prince Eric with 12-year-old Room star Jacob Tremblay as Flounder and Awkwafina as seagull Scuttle.
Javier Bardem will play King Triton, Daveed Diggs will voice Sebastian and Melissa McCarthy is to play sea witch Ursula.
Further casting is to be confirmed.
Rob Marshall is directing the film with a screenplay by Jane Goldman and David Magee.
The new feature film will include the original songs from Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, plus new music from Menken and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The Little Mermaid release date
The Little Mermaid’s live action release date has yet to be confirmed.
The film had been rumoured for release in late 2021 however production, which was due to begin in April 2020, has been postponed indefinitely due to the current situation.
As a result, when we can expect to see The Little Mermaid in cinemas remains to be seen.
Watch this space and we’ll have the release date as soon as it’s confirmed.
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