Little Mermaid trailer gives first look at Halle Bailey’s Ariel

This first look at Halle Bailey as the live-action version of beloved mermaid Ariel premiered at D23 today. The brief trailer shows off part of the undersea kingdom that Ariel hails from – but more importantly, shows off Bailey’s singing chops as she sings the ever-iconic “Part of Your World.”

In addition to Bailey as Ariel, the live action Little Mermaid stars Melissa McCarthy as conniving sea witch Ursula, Javier Bardem as overprotective King Triton, and Jonah Hauer-King as dashing Prince Eric, with Daveed Diggs voicing musical crab Sebastian, Awkwafina voicing the goofy seagull Scuttle and Jacob Tremblay voicing Flounder, Ariel’s worried best (fish) friend.

The new film is directed by Rob Marshall, who previously directed In the woods and Mary Poppins Returns for Disney. Moana and EncantoLin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken, the composer of the animated film, will write four new songs.

the original Little Mermaid was released in 1989 and was largely responsible for launching the Disney Renaissance and introducing the Broadway musical formula to the studio’s animated films. Menken worked with acclaimed lyricist Howard Ashman to nail the music, and the rest is history.

The little Mermaid will be released in theaters on May 26, 2023.

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