The Little Mermaid release date, cast, synopsis, trailer, and more

Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disney's live-action THE LITTLE MERMAID. Photo courtesy of Disney. © 2023 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disney's live-action THE LITTLE MERMAID. Photo courtesy of Disney. © 2023 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. /

The live-action The Little Mermaid swims onto a big screen near you in the summer of 2023. The movie, which stars talented songstress and actor Halle Bailey as Ariel, brings the classic tale to a new generation. The beloved character has been a Disney fan favorite since the animated original debuted in 1989.

The House of Mouse has been on a roll adapting its classic animated films into live-action turns that breathe new life into these household staples. Fans remain divided from movie to movie on whether or not these new iterations add to their long-held love for these stories, but nonetheless they draw quite the audience. There’s no doubt this new The Little Mermaid will pull viewers in.

Rob Marshall (Mary Poppins Returns) was tapped to direct the film with David Magee attached (Finding Neverland) as the movie’s writer. Marshall and Magee adapted the live-action story with John DeLuca (Tony Bennett: An American Classic). Alan Menken returns to score the movie adding his touch to the live-action like he did the animated classic. He’s credited for music while Howard Ashman is credited for lyrics along with Lin-Manuel Miranda who’s provided additional songs to the film.

Here’s more on the movie!

The Little Mermaid release date

The Little Mermaid premieres nationwide in theaters on Friday, May 26, 2023. At this time, it’s not known when the film will make its streaming debut likely on Disney+. We’ll keep you posted on its streaming release date.

The Little Mermaid cast

  • Halle Bailey as Ariel
  • Daveed Diggs as the voice of Sebastian
  • Jacob Tremblay as the voice of Flounder
  • Awkwafina as the voice of Scuttle
  • Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric
  • Art Malik as Sir Grimsby
  • Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina
  • Javier Bardem as King Triton
  • Melissa McCarthy as Ursula.

The Little Mermaid synopsis

The official synopsis via Disney:

"The Little Mermaid, visionary filmmaker Rob Marshall’s live-action reimagining of the studio’s Oscar®-winning animated musical classic, opens exclusively in theaters nationwide May 26, 2023. The Little Mermaid is the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure.The youngest of King Triton’s daughters, and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea, and while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart.She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land, but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy."

The Little Mermaid teaser trailer

Watch the official trailer below:

The Little Mermaid first look images

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