A Guide To The Live-Action "Little Mermaid" Remake, And Yes, There Are New Songs

    "All day [Rob Marshall's] like, ‘Do you want to slide down this 40-foot clam shell?’ I’m like, ‘Yes! Of course, I do. What are you, crazy?’ It’s been wildly creative.”

    Ever since the live-action reimagining of The Little Mermaid was announced back in 2016 — over FIVE YEARS AGO — we have been hungry for any and all news relating to what stands to be Disney's most ambitious project yet.

    "The Little Mermaid"

    And while there's still a bit of a wait before we'll actually get to see the movie, here is absolutely everything we know about the project so far.

    1. We know the cast.

    The cast was slowly announced between mid 2019 and early 2020, which by now was so long ago! I have been so excited for this movie, and even *I* forgot some of these GENIUS casting choices.

    Halle Bailey is Ariel.

    Melissa McCarthy is Ursula.

    Jonah Hauer-King is Prince Eric.

    Javier Bardem is King Triton.

    Awkwafina is Scuttle.

    Daveed Diggs is Sebastian.

    Jacob Tremblay is Flounder.

    And Art Malik is Grimsby.

    2. We FINALLY have a teaser trailer, and it is EVERYTHING!

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    Disney / Via youtube.com

    I have been racking my brain trying to figure out how Disney was going to make this movie look good. There is so much time spent under the sea, and I don't know if you know this, but actors can't actually breathe underwater. But boy, did they pull it off! It not only looks so much better than I could have imagined, Halle's tease of "Part of Your World" proves that she was absolutely the best woman for the job. CHILLS!

    3. We also know that there will be NEW SONGS written by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

    King Triton will have his own song.

    King Triton

    Ariel will have at least one more song as well.


    But don't worry! All your old faves will still be in it, too.


    And while 2019's The Little Mermaid Live! on ABC included songs from the Broadway stage adaptation, there's been no word if any of them will make it into the new movie.

    The Little Mermaid Live!

    4. We know the sets are going to be “wildly creative,” and there will even be a “40-foot clam shell.”

    And we even got this little behind-the-scenes peek!

    Screenshot of behind the scenes on "The Little Mermaid"

    5. Some shots from the original animated film will be fully recreated.

    6. It will give us a modern take on Ariel, and her story will not be all about finding love.

    Daveed Diggs even said there are some more “surprises” that have yet to be announced.

    Daveed Diggs

    7. You're probably going to cry — in a good way!

    Screenshot from "The Little Mermaid"

    And Melissa McCarthy echoed this sentiment during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live.

    Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone on "Watch What Happens Live"

    8. The movie is coming out May 26, 2023!

    May 2023

    And it's getting a theatrical release!

    D23 panel

    That's all I've got for you FOR NOW! I'll keep this updated with ALL the latest Little Mermaid news as it becomes available. In the meantime, keep watching the trailer until your eyeballs fall out like I am.

    Screenshot from "The Little Mermaid"