What number of wonders can one trailer maintain?
Throughout its D23 Expo on Friday, Disney launched the primary teaser for its extremely anticipated live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid,” starring musician Halle Bailey as Princess Ariel.
Additionally among the many star-studded “Mermaid” solid are 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. Moreover, the film musical options new authentic songs written by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Within the preview, Bailey’s Ariel swims alongside sea life and explores the ruins of a sunken ship. As an instrumental model of the unique movie’s “Part of Your World” swells to a dramatic crescendo, Ariel eyes the trinkets, wonders and thingamabobs this one tavern holds.
She swims upward, adopted by a fish that appears to be Flounder, to see what’s on the floor. The teaser cuts to black and viewers lastly hear Bailey, who’s half of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle, carry out a portion of one of many musical’s most-known tunes.
“Out of the sea / Wish I could be / Part of that world,” Bailey sings, because the digital camera zooms out to disclose the singer’s full transformation into the beloved Disney mermaid.
Directed by Rob Marshall, “The Little Mermaid” introduces Bailey as the newest live-action Disney princess. The studio big has additionally solid Elle Fanning as Aurora (“Maleficent”), Lily James as Cinderella (“Cinderella”), Emma Watson as Belle (“Beauty and the Beast”), Naomi Scott as Jasmine (“Aladdin”), Yifei Liu as Mulan (“Mulan”) and Rachel Zegler as Snow White (“Snow White”).
Earlier than touchdown the coveted position of Ariel, Bailey was identified for singing in sister act Chloe x Halle and appearing in ABC’s “Grown-ish.” Her “Little Mermaid” casting made fairly a splash in July 2019, prompting a racist backlash from social media trolls, in addition to an enthusiastic wave of help from followers.
In response to her haters, Bailey instructed Selection she doesn’t “pay attention to the negativity.”
“I just feel like this role was something bigger than me,” she added. “I’m just so excited to be a part of it.”
When the preliminary casting announcement dropped, Marshall mentioned the 22-year-old vocalist “possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role.”
“The Little Mermaid” hits theaters in Could 2023.