The Little Mermaid: Release Date, Cast, And More

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Hold your breath and get ready to dive in — Disney's taking us under the sea with the next title on their long list of live-action remakes, "The Little Mermaid." By now you've gotten the memo that the studio will never tire of redoing their classics, and maybe even come to a place of acceptance. After all, sometimes these happen to work out. Other times, we get 2019's "The Lion King," but let's not worry about it too much. Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming remake of "The Little Mermaid."

The Little Mermaid Release Date and Where You Can Watch It

"The Little Mermaid" is two years away from swimming into theaters, with a release date set for May 26, 2023. This is much further away than the studio originally planned. The movie was initially expected to arrive in 2021 or 2022, but delays due to COVID-19 pushed back filming and the most of Disney's release schedule. So before we get to see our favorite mermaid in action, there's gonna be long wait.

What Is The Little Mermaid

"The Little Mermaid" is the latest in a series of live action reboots from Disney. Following in the footsteps of 1989's "The Little Mermaid," the movie centers on the mermaid Princess Ariel, who falls in love with humans and dreams of life on dry land. The musical sees her fall in love with a human prince, leading to an ill-thought out deal with a villainous seawitch to become human for the price of her voice. The original animated film kicked off the "Disney Renaissance," starting a period where the studio released hit after hit.

The Little Mermaid Cast

Halle Bailey stars as the titular mermaid, Ariel, a princess fascinated by the human world. This is Bailey's first starring role in a feature film, having appeared in the Disney Channel Original, "Let it Shine" and most recently as a series regular on the Freeform series, "Grown-ish." Jonah Hauer-King ("Little Women" miniseries) is her love interest, Prince Eric, and Javier Bardem will play her overprotective father, King Triton. Melissa McCarthy stars as Ursula, the sea witch who strikes a deal with Ariel. Daveed Diggs will voice Ariel's loyal crab Sebastian and Jacob Tremblay her anxious best friend, Flounder. Awkwafina voices Scuttle. The film also stars Jude Akuwudike, Noma Dumezweni, Lorena Andrea, and Kajsa Mohammar.

The Little Mermaid Director, Writers and More

Rob Marshall, director of "Chicago," "Into the Woods" and "Mary Poppins Returns" continues his musical streak with "The Little Mermaid." Marshall also produces the film with John DeLucas, Marc Platt and Lin Manuel Miranda.The screenplay comes from Jane Goldman ("Rebecca," "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children") and David Magee ("Mary Poppins Returns"). Alan Menken, who scored and co-wrote songs for the original Disney film, is set to return as composer of the remake, in addition to writing new songs with Miranda as lyricist.