Disney's Live-Action Version of 'The Little Mermaid' Arrives Soon. Here's What You Need to Know.

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Aquatic special effects have the power to turn undersea movie fantasies into live-action film realities. With movies like "Avatar: The Way of Water" and "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" showcasing the mesmerizing underwater world, it's no...

Aquatic special effects have the power to turn undersea movie fantasies into live-action film realities. With movies like "Avatar: The Way of Water" and "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" showcasing the mesmerizing underwater world, it's no surprise that Disney has decided to bring its 1989 animated classic, "The Little Mermaid," to life once again. This highly anticipated live-action adaptation features a talented cast, with Halle Bailey taking on the iconic role of Ariel.

A Familiar Tale with a Fresh Twist

The first full-length trailer of the new "Little Mermaid" movie suggests that fans can expect a faithful adaptation of the original film. The trailer showcases familiar scenes, such as the shipwreck that nearly drowns Prince Eric and Ursula, the sea witch, luring Ariel into a deal to trade her voice for human legs. Of course, the movie wouldn't be complete without Ariel's enchanting rendition of "Part of Your World."

Alongside her undersea friends Scuttle (far left, voiced by Awkwafina) and Flounder (Jacob Tremblay), Ariel (Halle Bailey) dreams of exploring the world outside of the water in Disney Image: Ariel dreams of exploring the world outside of the water (source)

The Release and Cast Details

"The Little Mermaid" is set to hit theaters on May 26, with a subsequent release on Disney+. However, dedicated fans have the opportunity to catch early screenings and fan events in select cities. The cast of the live-action version is led by Halle Bailey, an accomplished actress and singer known for her work with Chloe x Halle and her role on "Grown-ish." Melissa McCarthy portrays Ariel's nemesis, Ursula the sea witch, in a performance inspired by the iconic drag queen Divine. Other notable cast members include Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Awkwafina as Scuttle, Javier Bardem as King Triton, and Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina.

Halle Bailey Image: Halle Bailey, the brilliant talent behind Ariel (source)

A Tale of Love and Sacrifice

As the youngest daughter of King Triton, Ariel's fascination with the human world becomes a forbidden longing. However, after rescuing Prince Eric from a shipwreck, Ariel falls in love and becomes determined to join him on land. This decision puts her at odds with her father and leads to a deal with the sea witch, wherein Ariel trades her beautiful singing voice for a chance at a life on land.

Melissa McCarthy plays the scheming sea witch Ursula in "The Little Mermaid." Image: Melissa McCarthy as the scheming Ursula (source)

Behind the Scenes

The live-action version of "The Little Mermaid" is helmed by renowned director Rob Marshall, whose impressive portfolio includes movies like "Chicago," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," "Mary Poppins Returns," and "Into the Woods." The music, an integral part of the original animated classic, is composed by the legendary Alan Menken, who collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda to create new songs for this adaptation.

Ariel is ready to stand on land.

The Origins of the Tale

"The Little Mermaid" is a timeless tale that originated from the pen of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. His enchanting children's fairy tales have captured the hearts of millions for generations. Disney animators closely followed Andersen's version of the mermaid's tale when creating the 1989 animated film. Andersen's works, including "The Princess and the Pea," "Thumbelina," and "The Ugly Duckling," continue to inspire both children and adults today.

An image representing the origins of "The Little Mermaid."

As the release of Disney's live-action adaptation of "The Little Mermaid" approaches, fans cannot contain their excitement. This beloved tale of love, sacrifice, and self-discovery promises to enchant audiences once again. Get ready to embark on a magical underwater journey and witness the captivating performances of the talented cast as they bring this beloved story to life.

Source: USA TODAY

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