‘The Little Mermaid’: Explore the live-action movie’s set and cast
We’ve been looking forward to a live action movie remake of The Little Mermaid for what feels like decades! The much-awaited revival has finally released the official cast and we couldn’t be more impressed. Considering some of the backlash on their other live action remakes (Mulan), Disney must truly strive for perfection this time around.
Let’s take a look at the newly released cast of the upcoming film The Little Mermaid. We’ll also be taking a peek at the official filming locations and recent on-site photos!
Who will play Ariel & Prince Eric?
The captivating character of Ariel was discussed by many fans with possible actresses. However, Disney has decided to cast Halle Bailey as the first Black actress to star as the passionate young mermaid. Stunning and with a perfect voice, it’s no wonder Bailey was chosen among the countless candidates!
Halle Bailey is most known for her work as a musician in the sister duo Chloe x Halle. Halle Bailey was also featured in Beyonce’s Lemonade visual album alongside Zendaya. The twenty-one-year-old singer & actress will be a refreshing addition to the list of live action Disney princesses!
The charming Prince Eric will be played by the dashing English/American actor Jonah Hauer-King. He is mostly known for his work in A Dog’s Way Home which was released in 2019. King has also been noted for his performances in the miniseries Howards End and Little Women.
Star-studded supporting cast
What makes The Little Mermaid endlessly entertaining is not just its sweeping romance – but also its hysterical side characters! Here are some of the great actors portraying our favorite animal and sea creature friends & foes.
Actress & comedian Awkwafina will be voicing the silly seagull, Scuttle! Awkwafina has also starred in hits such as Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean’s Eight. With a distinctive voice, it’s no wonder the talented comedian was chosen for the amusing role of Scuttle.
Mostly known for his astounding performance in Room, Jacob Tremblay has landed the role of Flounder. Only twelve years old, Tremblay is a perfect fit for the young & energetic character of Ariel’s fish friend Flounder.
Hamilton star Daveed Diggs will be voicing the wise crustacean Sebastian! His work as Thomas Jefferson and Lafayette in the insanely popular musical Hamilton, only proves that he has the vocal chords for the singing crab.
Finally, the octopus sorceress will be played by no other than the hilarious Melissa McCarthy. The role of Ursula needs an actor capable of both comedy & drama and McCarthy is just the right actress to conquer both.
Recent location reveal & photos
The Daily Mail just released some new photos of the two lead actors rehearsing on the shores of Sardinia! Sardinia is a gorgeous Italian island known for its white sands and crystal blue waters. It’s clear why the dreamlike island is now being used as the location for Disney’s The Little Mermaid live action movie.
From what we can tell from the photos, it looks like Bailey and King are rehearsing for the scene where Ariel saves Prince Eric from the shipwreck and takes him to the shore. Bailey was dressed in a swimsuit and even a mermaid tail! Of course, this seems to simply be used in place for CGI to be added in post-production.
So far, no details have been released regarding the plot summary or a possible release date. However, it seems that from the photos that Disney will be sticking with the traditional story of Ariel. Additionally, since production is already underway, a release date should be revealed any time now!
We can’t wait any longer for The Little Mermaid live action movie! From seeing our favorite characters once again and hearing our cherished songs, The Little Mermaid is sure to be a hit. What do you think about the cast for The Little Mermaid live action movie? What song can you not wait to hear? Let us know in the comments below!