The Little Mermaid Live-Action remake is rumored to begin filming soon. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Disney's live-action remakes of their classic tales have been billion-dollar box office successes. We've seen Beauty And The Beast, Aladdin, Lion King among others completely crush it. And with Mulan already shaping up to be another hit we have to ask what's next for Disney? Well, it's no debate that it's time for our favorite Little Mermaid Ariel to see the light of day. It has been confirmed by Disney that a live-action remake of The Little Mermaid is on the way and here's everything we know about it so far.
Who will be playing Ariel? This is the most important question regarding the film. It was announced some time ago that R&B singer Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel. This casting decision caused a split among fans of The Little Mermaid. However, Jodi Benson, the woman who voiced Ariel in the classic animation has come out in support of the African American actress and singer. She said:
I think that the spirit of a character is what really matters. What you bring to the table in a character as far as their heart and their spirit is what really counts. I think the most important thing for a film is to be able to tell a story.
And who will be playing heartthrob Prince Eric? Well, contrary to popular belief, it's not going to be One Direction superstar Harry Styles. The role of Prince Eric has been given to Little Women and World on Fire star Jonah Hauer-King.
Awkwafina has also been cast in the live-action remake as Ariel's Seagull companion, Scuttle. Jacob Tremblay has been confirmed to play the beautiful Flounder.
Popular comedic actress Melissa McCarthy is all set to play the evil villain Ursala. But many fans were not pleased as they wanted the villainess to be played by a drag queen.
Javier Bardem is likely to play the role of King Triton.
The role of Sebastian has yet to be confirmed but it is rumored to be Daveed Diggs.
Disney has yet to confirm an official release date. However, production is rumored to begin sometime in April 2020. This could mean a likely 2021 release for the live-action remake.
Disney has not revealed any information regarding the plot but we can assume that it will not stray too far away from the original. The official synopsis for the original is:
In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel (Jodi Benson) is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula (Pat Carroll) to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter.
This is unclear but it would be a shame to hire such an amazing vocal talent and not use her voice. Because of the hiring of Halle Bailey, we can expect there to be singing. After it was stated that there wouldn't be any singing in Mulan it was assumed that it was also a possibility in The Little Mermaid. Even though it still is a possibility, it is unlikely.
There isn't any trailer not a teaser but if filming begins in April then we may be getting a teaser very soon. Until then, feel free to enjoy the trailer for the original.