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New official trailer released for The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey

New official trailer released for The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey

Disney has unveiled a new official trailer for its live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, urging viewers to become part of Ariel's world.

The upcoming musical, directed by Rob Marshall, reimagines the original 1989 animated film with a new cast. The new adaptation will once again see the mermaid Ariel falling in love with a human prince who lives above water, spurring an evil plot by the nefarious Ursula.

Halle Bailey stars as Ariel, alongside Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder and Daveed Diggs as Sebastian. The trailer offers a first look at Ursula and Prince Eric.

Disney first announced that Bailey will take over the role of Ariel in July 2019. A first teaser for the new film appeared in September 2022, sparking a lot of love for Bailey's song - even though she only appeared on screen for 15 seconds.

"It was inspiring and beautiful to hear words of encouragement like 'You don't realize what this means to us, to our community, to all the little girls of color who will see themselves in you''", Bailey told Variety in an interview, recounting her grandparents' reaction to the trailer.

"I want the little girl in me and little girls just like me who are watching to know that they are special and should feel like a princess in every way."said the actress. "There's no reason why not. That insurance was something I needed."

Marshall also said of Bailey's performance: "Halle had this incredible facility to be able to dig deep, to find the truth about Ariel's passion and her heart. It was like seeing the birth of a great film actor."

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The soundtrack is a collaborative effort by Broadway legends Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken, who scored the original music for the animated film The Little Mermaid. Miranda teamed up with Menken for four original songs, though he assured Variety's Awards Circuit Podcast listeners that these new compositions won't take the place of beloved classics like "Kiss the Girl" and "Under the Sea."

The film is produced by Miranda, Marshall, Russell Allen, John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Michael Zimmer, with Allison Erlikhman serving as executive producer. Jane Goldman and David Magee wrote the screenplay.

The Little Mermaid is scheduled to be released in cinemas on 26 May.

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