The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid


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Ariel must decide if she will trade her voice and her home for the chance to explore the world out of the water

Ariel is an imaginative young mermaid who dreams of breaking free from her father King Triton’s protection and exploring the world up on firm land. When a human, Prince Eric, almost dies in a shipwreck, Ariel saves him and the two fall in love. The villainous Ursula offers Ariel a terrible exchange: her voice for a pair of human legs so she can join Eric’s world.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda composes original songs that  appear alongside the originals in the live-action Disney production

The Little Mermaid is a live-action musical fantasy reimagining of the original Disney cartoon produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The original 1989 animated film was based on the much darker tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen in 1837. The 2023 live-action film is directed by Rob Marshall, who also helmed Chicago (2002), Into The Woods (2014), and Mary Poppins Returns (2018). The film’s screenplay was written by Jane Goldman and David Magee. Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame produced the film and worked with the film's composer, Alan Menken, to create the new original songs. However, the familiar songs from the 1989 Little Mermaid animated film are also included alongside Miranda and Menken’s new material. Moving Picture company brings Atlantica to life with special effects for The Little Mermaid.

American singer and actor Halle Bailey plays Ariel in her first leading role in a feature film. The dashing Prince Eric is played by Jonah Hauer-King, and Javier Bardem plays Ariel’s father, King Triton. Melissa McCarthy plays the scheming Ursula, and Daveed Diggs dons a pair of claws to play Ariel’s crustacean friend Sebastian. The full cast is rounded out by Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, Jude Akuwudike, and Lorena Andrea.

Production News

16 August 2016

Disney confirm that Lin-Manuel Miranda will produce and help compose original music for the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. (Source: Entertainment Weekly

6 December 2017

Rob Marshall is named director of The Little Mermaid. (Source: Collider

28 June 2019

Comic actor Melissa McCarthy confirms she is in early talks to play the film’s villain, Ursula. (Source: Variety

17 July 2019

Oscar-winner Javier Bardem confirms he is in talks to play King Triton, and Disney confirms that Halle Bailey will star as Ariel. Both Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are in talks for voice-acting parts. (Source: Collider

8 October 2019

Hamilton alumn Daveed Diggs joins the cast, voicing the iconic sea crab Sebastian. (Source: Hollywood Reporter

12 November 2019

Jonah Hauer-King is cast in the role of Prince Eric. (Source: Hollywood Reporter

13 November 2020

Disney announce that all film production has been shut down or delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including The Little Mermaid. (Source: ScreenRant

12 July 2021

The Little Mermaid wraps production and releases a first-look image of Halle Bailey as Ariel in the live-action remake. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter

11 September 2021

Disney confirm that The Little Mermaid will be released on May 26, 2023. (Source: Variety

9 September 2022

The first teaser trailer for The Little Mermaid is released, showing Ariel swimming in her secret cave where she keeps her treasures, sitting on a rock and looking up at the water’s surface while singing ‘Part of Your World’. (Source: Deadline

16 February 2023

A new teaser is released, offering a first look at Prince Eric and Ursula. (Source: Variety)

13 March 2023

The first full trailer for the live-action Little Mermaid shows Prince Eric first being thrown into the sea and rescued by Ariel. Audiences also get a better look at Melissa McCarthy's Ursula as she promises to give Ariel legs. (Source: YouTube)

5 April 2023

Disney announce the songwriters have modified "Kiss the Girl" and "Poor Unfortunate Souls" lyrics to update them for a more consent conscious culture.  (Source: Deadline)

13 April 2023

A new featurette is released in which the cast and filmmakers dish about Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy's incredible performances in the film. (Source: Collider)

26 April 2023

Disney release the full version of Halle Bailey singing 'Part of Your World' in anticipation of the film's release. (Source: EW)

8 May 2023

At the MTV Awards, an exclusive clip of the song 'Kiss The Girl' from the film is revealed, showing the iconic scene from the cartoon in live-action. (Source: Deadline)

8 May 2023

A new featurette is released, showcasing the cast talking about their vigorous training and stunt work, while cheering each other on for their excellent work on the film. (Source: Collider)

10 May 2023

A clip is released showing Sebastian's song 'Under the Sea' and highlighting the little crab's live-action features. (Source: @etnow Twitter)

20 May 2023

In a new featurette, songwriters Lin Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken discuss their process for creating new songs for the film to go alongside the timeless original songs. (Source:  Collider)

26 May 2023

The Little Mermaid premieres on Disney+.


Kids & Family, Fantasy, Romance, Action & Adventure


2h 15min

Age rating