Everything We Know About THE LITTLE MERMAID Live Action Remake

The cast of the live action The Little Mermaid includes Halle Bailey, Daveed Diggs, Javier Bardem, Jacob Tremblay, Melissa McCarthy, Awkwafina, and Jonah Hauer-King.

By: Mar. 21, 2021
Everything We Know About THE LITTLE MERMAID Live Action Remake
Enter Your Email to Unlock This Article

Plus, get the best of BroadwayWorld delivered to your inbox, and unlimited access to our editorial content across the globe.

Existing user? Just click login.

It's time for audiences to go back under the sea. Disney is releasing a live action remake of "The Little Mermaid!"

Since Disney's annual D23 Expo, new information and a first look of the new film have been released. Read below to check out everything you need to know about Disney's upcoming The Little Mermaid film.

Who's starring in THE LITTLE MERMAID?

The cast of the live action "Little Mermaid" includes Halle Bailey as Ariel, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Awkwafina as Scuttle, and Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric.

Noma Dumezweni ("Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" on Broadway) will play a new role named "Carlotta" in the film. Carlotta was featured in the stage musical as an assistant to Ariel at the Prince's palace. It has not yet been confirmed if the characters are the same.

Jessica Alexander, Russell Balogh, Adrian Christopher, and Emily Coates will also star. Their roles are currently undisclosed.

Halle Bailey shared a first look from the set of the film as she finished wrapping in July of 2021.

Where have I seen THE LITTLE MERMAID stars before?

Singer and actress Halle Bailey - best known for her musical collaborations with her sister under the moniker Chloe X Halle - will take on the title role of Ariel.

"Hamilton" star Daveed Diggs will play Sebastian the Crab. BroadwayWorld previously reported on Diggs' experience perfecting Sebastian's distinctive accent. He called Sebastian his hardest role ever.

Javier Bardem will take on the role of King Triton. The actor won an Academy Award for his role in "No Country for Old Men"; he's best known for that, and for "Vicky Christina Barcelona" and many Spanish-language films.

Relative newcomer Jonah Hauer-King will play Prince Eric. He played Laurie in a 2017 TV adaptation of "Little Women," and had film roles in "This Is The Night," "The Song of Names," and more.

Comedy superstar Melissa McCarthy will play Ursula the Sea Witch. She's best known for roles in "Bridesmaids," "Heat," "Tammy," "Spy," and on "Gilmore Girls." A two time Academy Award nominee, McCarthy proved her dramatic chops in "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"

Awkwafina, who plays Scuttle, is best known for her Golden Globe-winning performance in "The Farewell." She's also starred on the big screen in "Ocean's 8" and "Crazy Rich Asians."

Last but not least, "Room" and "Doctor Sleep" star Jacob Tremblay will provide the voice of Flounder.


Frequent musical director Rob Marshall directs "The Little Mermaid."

Marshall is a five-time Tony nominee for his choreography on "Kiss of the Spider Woman," "Damn Yankees," "She Loves Me," and "Cabaret," and for his direction on "Cabaret." He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for his work on the Best Picture-winning film adaptation of "Chicago." Other on-screen musical credits include "Nine," "Into the Woods," and "Mary Poppins Returns."

Marshall stated that he has honored the original film with the remake but has reimagined it and added "some depth."

Everything We Know About THE LITTLE MERMAID Live Action Remake
The Little Mermaid Film Poster

Who wrote the music for THE LITTLE MERMAID?

The legendary team of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman wrote all of the songs on the original soundtrack for "The Little Mermaid" in 1989, including "Part of Your World," "Under the Sea," "Poor Unfortunate Souls," "Kiss the Girl," and "Les Poissons." "Under the Sea" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song that year.

For the remake, Menken has teamed with "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to write four new songs.

Of the new music, director Rob Marshall revealed that Menken and Miranda had "never collaborated together before, and it's magical.... We still retain the beauty of the original score by the late great Howard Ashman."

When will THE LITTLE MERMAID be released?

The film will be released in theaters in the United States on May 26, 2023.

Watch the teaser trailer for the new film here: