the little mermaid harry styles

Last month, word broke that Harry Styles was being sought to join The Little Mermaid remake cast as Ariel’s love interest Prince Eric. Yesterday, numerous outlets started claiming it was a done deal, and Styles would indeed be part of the cast. Not so fast! It looks like these reports were incorrect, and Styles is not in the movie after all. The singer-turned-actor has declined the role, which means The Littler Mermaid is going to have to find itself a new prince.

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Disney Hallmark Ornaments 2019

Yes, we know it’s still summer. But since Christmas in July is apparently a thing, we figured it couldn’t hurt to round up some of the new Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments that are debuting this year. Previously, we’ve covered new additions to the ever-growing line of decorations with Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pixar Animation and more, but today we’re focusing on strictly Disney.

Right now, Hallmark has a bunch of new Disney ornaments in the new 2019 collection featuring characters from their classic hand-drawn animated movies like The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, and The Little Mermaid, their holiday favorite The Nightmare Before Christmas, and even their new movies like Moana and Zootopia. Check out the new Disney Hallmark Ornaments 2019 collection below. Read More »

live action the little mermaid

ABC announced to the Television Critics Association that it would air The Wonderful World of Disney Presents: The Little Mermaid Live on November 5. This isn’t exactly a live musical like Grease: Live or the ill-fated Rent: Live. There is a Broadway musical of The Little Mermaid, but this is not a production of that. 

Director and executive producer Hamish Hamilton explained how he’s going to present The Little Mermaid as part of The Wonderful World of Disney. Auli’i Cravalho will play Ariel, Shaggy will play Sebastian, and Queen Latifah will play Ursula. Here’s what we learned.

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the little mermaid live

The next live musical set to make a splash on ABC is The Little Mermaid. Hot off the heels of the announcement of a newly diverse lead for the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, ABC is making an inspired casting choice for Ariel in this version, which was postponed from its original air date in October 2017. Moana star Auli’i Cravalho will lead the live musical event special, while Queen Latifah will play Ursula, and Grammy-winning musician Shaggy will play Sebastian. So now we finally know, how far she’ll go.

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Javier Bardem Little Mermaid

Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid is quickly pulling its cast together, and now one of the film’s few remaining major roles has received a nibble on the end of its line: Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem is in talks to play King Triton, the protective father of the title character. Learn more below. Read More »

the little mermaid cast harry styles

Disney’s live-action Little Mermaid remake may have just found its Prince Eric. Harry Styles, the One Direction artist who made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, is in talks to join Halle Bailey in the Rob Marshall-directed update. Melissa McCarthy is also in talks to play the evil Ursula, and Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are likely to lend their voices to some supporting animals.

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little mermaid remake cast

Singer-actress Halle Bailey wants to be where the people are, so she’s joined Disney’s Little Mermaid remake cast. Bailey will play lead character Ariel, who really wants to get away from her undersea kingdom and hang out with us lousy land-dwelling humans. The cast for Disney’s latest live-action remake is coming together quickly, with Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay, and Awkwafina all in talks to dive into the project.

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The Little Mermaid cast

A live-action Disney remake of the 1989 film The Little Mermaid is inevitable. And since the studio’s track record with similar remakes of its animated classics is financially successful but creatively questionable, it’s frankly a bit hard to get genuinely excited about individual pieces of casting for future entries.

There are exceptions, of course: the entire cast of Jon Favreau’s The Lion King seems pretty perfect for their roles. And now The Little Mermaid may have joined its ranks by hooking two young actors for supporting roles: Jacob Tremblay (Room, The Predator) and Awkwafina (Ocean’s Eight, The Farewell). Read More »

live-action little mermaid cast

Melissa McCarthy might be getting ready to go under the sea, because Disney wants the Can You Ever Forgive Me actress to play the villainous Ursula in their live-action The Little Mermaid remake. The sea witch character in the Disney original offers mermaid Ariel a Faustian bargain to grow legs and live on the land to seduce a handsome prince. Of course, since she’s a villain, she has more nefarious plans in store. Rob Marshall is set to helm the live-action Mermaid, which is good or bad news depending on where you stand on Rob Marshall. On the plus side, Lin-Manuel Miranda is on board to write new songs.

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The Little Mermaid Revisited

(Revisiting the Renaissance is a bi-weekly series in which Josh Spiegel looks back at the history and making of the 13 films of the Disney Renaissance, released between 1986 and 1999. In today’s column, Spiegel discusses the 1989 fairy tale The Little Mermaid.)

The success of Oliver & Company in 1988, coupled with the continued infusion of new blood among executives at the Walt Disney Company, raised the stakes for the animation studio. Peter Schneider, the president of Walt Disney Animation Studios, announced that they would begin releasing one film per year from that point forward. It was an ambitious approach for a studio that had just begun to claw itself out of a deep hole.

At the time, releasing one film per year was all well and good, but that required the studio to think of viable enough ideas, and quickly. For their next project, Disney’s animators would have to go back into the past of the studio’s undeveloped ideas — under the sea.

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