Tonight, Disney’s The Little Mermaid stars Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy debuted the film’s trailer on ABC’s live broadcast of The Oscars®. The live-action reimagining of the studio’s animated musical classic opens exclusively in theaters on 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 film stars Bailey as Ariel, Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Daveed Diggs as the voice of Sebastian, Awkwafina as the voice of Scuttle, Jacob Tremblay as the voice of Flounder, Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina, and Art Malik as Sir Grimsby, with Oscar winner Javier Bardem as King Triton and two-time Oscar® nominee McCarthy as Ursula.
The Little Mermaid is directed by Oscar nominee Rob Marshall, from a screenplay by two-time Oscar nominee David Magee. The songs feature music from multiple Academy Award winner and Disney Legend Alan Menken and lyrics by Disney Legend Howard Ashman, and new lyrics by three-time Tony Award® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film is produced by two-time Emmy® winner Marc Platt, Miranda, two-time Emmy winner John DeLuca, and Marshall, with Jeffrey Silver serving as executive producer.
The soundtrack for Disney’s The Little Mermaid is now available now to pre-save, pre-add, or pre-order.