Halle Bailey as Ariel little mermaid movie live 2023

The Little Mermaid - Live Action Movie

It’s taken 30 years, but Disney FINALLY decided to make a live-action version of the beloved film The Little Mermaid.

All of us in the mermaid community is ecstatic to see real live depictions of mermaids in this film.

In 2020 the production of the movie began and now fans impatiently await the movie’s release. At this stage there are still many details that have not been disclosed, but here is all that there is to know about the new live-action Little Mermaid film!

 Table of Content:

  1. Where is the live action Little Mermaid being filmed?
  2. When will the live action little mermaid come out?
  3. Will the live action little mermaid have red hair?
  4. Will the live action little mermaid be on Disney plus?
  5. Live action little mermaid writing credits
  6. Live action little mermaid producers
  7. Live action Little Mermaid cast
  8. Live action Little Mermaid music


1. Where is live action Little Mermaid being filmed?

Coastline of Sardinia, Italy

Filming began in London in 2020, but some changes were made because of the pandemic.

The new live-action Little Mermaid is now being filmed in Sardinia, Italy. Sardinia is a beautiful island known for clear waters, rugged coastlines, and ancient stone structures, making it the perfect setting for a mermaid tale.


2. when will live action Little Mermaid come out?

The new live-action Little Mermaid will be out on May 26, 2023.

Here is a little sneak peak of some behind a scene photo of Jonah Hauer-King, 26, and Halle Bailey, 21, on the beaches in Sardinia, Italy.

behind the scene Jonah Hauer-King, 26, and Halle Bailey, 21, on the beaches in Sardinia, Italy film  Rob Marshall live-action remake of The Little Mermaid

3. Will the live action Little Mermaid have red hair?

Images of Halle Bailey as Ariel have not yet been released, but she will definitely be sporting Ariel’s classic red hair.

Halle Bailey red hair Ariel little mermaid movie

4. Will the live action Little Mermaid be on Disney plus?

The film will, indeed, be featured on Disney plus, but it is not yet known how long after the film is released.

5. Live action Little Mermaid writing credits

Old books stacked up

Hans Christian Andersen is the writer of the original Little Mermaid novel that inspired the Disney movie. The book was published on April 7, 1837. However, the novel has a much darker ending than the Disney adaptation.  Anderson’s The Little Mermaid is the Danish fairy tale about a mermaid who becomes human and leaves the sea to seek out true love, so that she may gain a human soul. But she fails to do so in the book and is left with the fate of turning to seafoam. The new Little Mermaid movie will be more based upon Disney’s happier version.

The screen play for the upcoming film was written by Jane Goldman and David Magee.

6. Live action Little Mermaid producers

Making a film is an involved process that takes a whole team of people. Here are the talented producers, directors, and writers who are collaborating on the new Little Mermaid film.

Rob Marshall

Rob Marshall is an American film director, choreographer, and producer who is responsible for gems such as the Broadway musical Chicago and the franchise film Pirates of the Caribbean; On Stranger Tides.

John DeLuca

Frequently working with Rob Marshall is John Deluca, whom he met on Broadway. He is another American film producer, actor, and second unit director. He worked on Pirates of the Caribbean; On Stranger Tides and Mary Poppins Returns.

Marc Platt

American producer Marc Platt has won several awards for his work in film, television, and theatre. Some of his works include Legally Blonde, Wicked, and Dear Evan Hansen.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an incredibly talented American actor, playwright, film director, and singer-songwriter. He is the creator of the beloved musical Hamilton and is responsible for the music of Disney’s fantastical Encanto.

7. Live action Little Mermaid cast

Little mermaid live movie Disney cast 2023

Halle Bailey as Ariel

Halle Bailey in turquoise top and skirt

Halle Bailey, age 21, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress who performs alongside her sister in the R&B duo Chloe x Halle. The sisters won five Grammy nominations.

Disney had to defend casting Bailey as Ariel because there was a racist backlash. Some felt Disney was not staying true to the original depiction of Ariel, but the actress and singer was carefully chosen based on her merit and personality.

“[Bailey] 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,”  said director Rob Marshall.


Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric

Jonah Hauer-King in navy blue suit

Jonah Hauer-King is a 26-year British actor who has starred in movies such as The Last Photograph and A Dog's Way Home. He also performed in the shows Howards End and Little Women.

With thick, dark hair, dreamy eyes, and even dreamier dimples, Jonah is an excellent choice for the Disney prince.

Not only is he a talented actor, but he can also sing! It is not yet known if he will have any songs in the movie, but we are crossing our fingers!

 Javier Bardem as Ariel's father King Triton

Javier Bardem headshot

Javier Bardem is an award-winning Spanish actor, who has starred in blockbusters and foreign films. He is also well known for his roles in No Country for Old Men and Skyfall.

He is now 53 but has been acting since the age of five. He will be a marvellous King Triton. King Triton is the overprotective father of Ariel, and king of the mer-people.


Melissa McCarthy as sea witch Ursula

Melissa McCarthy headshot

Melissa Mccarthy is confirmed to be playing the infamous villain Ursula. Ursula is a sea witch with the torso of a human and the lower half of an octopus.

Melissa McCarthy is an American actress, producer, comedian, fashion designer, and writer. She is well known for her shows Mike and Molly, and Gilmore Girls. She stole the show in the hilarious movies Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters.

Not only will she be playing the part of Ursula, but she will be singing Poor Unfortunate Souls.

Daveed Diggs as the voice of Sebastian the crab

Daveed Diggs headshot

Daveed Diggs will be the voice actor for Sebastian the crab, who is appointed by King Triton to be the chaperone to princess Ariel.

Daveed Diggs is an American actor, rapper, screenwriter, film producer, and singer-songwriter. He is known for his role as Lafayette in the Broadway show Hamilton.


Jacob Tremblay as the voice of Flounder the fish

Jacob Tremblay headshot

Jacob Tremblay is a 15-year-old Canadian actor who will be voicing Ariel’s best friend and side-kick Flounder the fish.

He starred in the 2015 film Room, for which he won the Critic’s Choice Movie Award for Best Actor at the age of 9.


Awkwafina as the voice of as Scuttle the seagull

Awkwafina headshot

Nora Lum is an actress, rapper, and comedian who goes by the name of Awkwafina. She gained popularity in 2012 and has been participating in comedic works ever since.

She released the album Yellow Ranger in 2014. She also starred in MTV’s comedy series Girl Code.

 8. Live action Little Mermaid music

Ripped sheet music

Alan Menken, who worked on songs for the original film, will be joined alongside producer Lin-Manuel Miranda for the music of this film. It will include songs from the original movie, as well as some new songs!

Halle Bailey will not only play Ariel but will also do the singing for the part. Halle is perfect for this part because she is a professional singer, performing with her sister in an R&B group Chloe x Halle.

Melissa McCarthy will be singing Poor Unfortunate Souls. We think she will be amazing for this part, as has the perfect dramatic flair and comedic style to perform the infamous villain’s song.


That is all the information there is to know about the live-action Little Mermaid movie! Now we just have to wait for its much-anticipated release. We’re sure it will be a masterpiece! Can’t wait to see it!

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