The Little Mermaid Remake’s First Poster Goes Under the Sea
Disney has released the first poster for the live-action remake of the studio’s Oscar-winning animated musical classic The Little Mermaid. Helmed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods), the film stars singer and actress Halle Bailey (grown-ish) as Ariel and opens exclusively in theaters nationwide on May 26, 2023. Take a look at the new poster below.
The Little Mermaid made quite a splash after it dropped its first look trailer at the D23 Expo on September 9, with the video earning over 104 million global views by September 12, according to Variety. Based on the 1989 animated picture of the same name by Ron Clements and John Musker, the film stars Bailey as the voice of the beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure, Ariel, who is described as “the youngest of King Triton’s daughters, and the most defiant.” The Little Mermaid tells the story of how Ariel, who is fascinated by the world of humans, and longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea.
In the film, King Triton, played by Oscar-winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), forbids Ariel to interact with humans and go to the surface, but she does so anyway, and while visiting the surface, she falls deeply in love with Prince Eric, played by Jonah Hauer-King (A Dog’s Way Home). The young mermaid must follow her heart and resolves to meet her lover in the land of humans, so she makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, played by two-time Academy Award-nominee Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids). In the end, the little mermaid’s deal places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy. Helping Ariel along the way are her two best under the sea friends: Tony Award-winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton), who voices Sebastian, and Jacob Tremblay (Luca), who voices Flounder.
Also starring in The Little Mermaid are Awkwafina (Raya and the Last Dragon) as the voice of Scuttle, Art Malik (Homeland) as Sir Grimsby, and Noma Dumezweni (Mary Poppins Returns) as Queen Selina.
Lin-Manuel Miranda Says Halle Bailey is ‘Perfect’
Directed by Marshall, The Little Mermaid is written by David Magee (Life of Pi), with a live-action story adaptation by Magee, Marshall, and John DeLuca (Tony Bennett: An American Classic), and executive produced by Jeffrey Silver (The Lion King), with Marshall, DeLuca, Marc Platt (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert), and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) serving as producers. Miranda is also working with multiple Academy Award-winner Alan Menken on the score.
Miranda recently commented on the film’s casting of Bailey as Ariel, saying, “Halle is perfect for the part. She is going to blow them away. If that’s the thing that makes you mad, then stay mad. But examine your choices.”