Disney brings audiences back to Atlantica.
On the first day of its D23 exhibition, the studio shared a first look at The little Mermaid, with actress/singer Halle Bailey in the lead role. The minute-and-a-half-long teaser begins with stunning underwater footage, as Ariel (Bailey) swims through a shipwreck before singing the lyrics to the iconic song “Part of Your World.”
The trailer comes more than three years after Disney announced it cast Bailey in the live-action remake. Since then, the studio has added stars like Melissa McCarthy (Ursula), Javier Bardem (King Triton), Jonah Hauer-King (Prince Eric), Awkwafina (Scuttle), and Daveed Diggs (Sebastian) to the cast.
Filmmaker Rob Marshall (Chicago and Mary Poppins Returns) was exploited the direct from the film based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen. The screenplay was written by Jane Goldman and David Magee.
“It’s the most complicated movie we’ve done,” Marshall told TribLive of the movie earlier this year. “Much of it is thrown through the air with everything on wires and the actors in this device called a ‘tuning fork’ and seesaws so they swim, move, spin and turn. Everything is choreographed within an inch of his life.
The film will feature original music by Alan Menken, who worked on the original 1989 animated film. Lin-Manuel Miranda also co-wrote four new songs.
You can check out The Little Mermaid trailer via YouTube above. The film is set to hit US theaters on May 26, 2023.