Following the success of live-action remakes such as 2015's Cinderella, 2017's Beauty and the Beast, and 2019's Aladdin, fans of Disney princesses and films in general, can look forward to seeing more of the iconic damsels in upcoming films.
Among these will be a live-action adaptation of Disney's The Little Mermaid, which will see Halle Bailey take on the role of everybody's favorite red-haired mermaid, Ariel.
The Little Mermaid premiere date is only a matter of time
The classic animated film from 1989 has long been a fan favorite. Multiple generations of children and adults alike have watched the original The Little Mermaid over the years, as well as the countless spin-offs. However, a live-action adaptation has never been attempted. This explains why audiences are excited to see more of the upcoming Disney live-action remake.
While a trailer for The Little Mermaid is still not available, we do have our first official look at Halle Bailey as Princess Ariel.
As excited as fans are to see The Little Mermaid live-action adaptation in exchange, there remains some doubt. The 1989 film was a huge hit due to its combination of colorful visuals and catchy tunes. To be just as successful, the upcoming movie will have to find a way to balance between the realism of 2019's The Lion King and the 1989 original.
The Little Mermaid must give Ariel and King Triton, as well as the rest of the crew, an underwater world that's teeming with life and personality to succeed.
If it helps, The Little Mermaid will have a ton of star power behind it, with an all-star cast that includes:
- Halle Bailey as Princess Ariel
- Melissa McCarty as Ursula
- Javier Bardem as King Triton
- Daveed Diggs as Sebastian
- Jacob Tremblay as Flounder
- Awkwafina as Scuttle
Unfortunately, we know very little about The Little Mermaid outside of in-set photos, as well as leaks from paparazzi. However, now that filming has wrapped up, we can count the days before Disney decides to release a trailer for the film.
What's next for Disney?
Disney has had a ton of success with its live-action remakes. However, not all of them have been free of criticism. The aforementioned The Lion King, for example, was considered "too realistic" by most and lacked the singing sequences that made the original so memorable. It is unknown if The Little Mermaid will follow The Lion King.
One thing we know for sure is that the release of The Little Mermaid is long overdue. The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously delayed the production of the film. It wasn't until this past summer that things started picking up once again.
Luckily, now that the filming is over, fans can look forward to hearing a premiere date next.
In other news, audiences will be happy to know that Disney has more plans for live-action remakes on top of The Little Mermaid. Disney is reportedly working on live-action adaptations of Snow White with Rachel Zegler, as well as Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Hercules, and a sequel to 2007's Enchanted film, Disenchanted, with Amy Adams reprising her role as Giselle.
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