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Halle Bailey Revives Ariel’s Spirit on the Big Screen

Halle Bailey

“The Little Mermaid” Will Bring You Back Under the Sea

The Little Mermaid is finally coming to the big screen, and powerhouse-voiced, youthful Halle Bailey is reviving our favorite mermaid in Disney’s upcoming live-action film. 

The under-the-sea fantasy’s trailer dropped during the 95th Academy Awards after the leading lady and costar Melissa McCarthy—who plays the sea witch, Ursula—took the stage to present the teaser. And it didn’t disappoint! 

The trailer begins with the infamous scene when Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King) almost drowns after his ship takes a huge hit from the punitive ocean. But the young mermaid swiftly rescues him when he’s still unconscious, bringing him back to shore safely. 

The main premise of the original 1989 Disney animation then unfolds throughout the trailer, as Ariel seeks Ursula’s manipulative help in turning her into a human. This is where we see McCarthy’s sea witch, and she looks just as glamorously intimidating as fans were hoping. Next, we get a glimpse at Ariel’s overprotective father, King Triton (Javier Bardem), who scolds her for exploring the world above.

While the teenage mermaid may be the wide-eyed, curious, sweetheart everyone knows and loves, fans know that she is also feisty, and will stop at nothing to accomplish something. 

Ariel is, of course, famous for her iconic, charming singing voice, and Bailey—as the singer she is—naturally owns the character’s beautiful tone. The teaser ends with her closing out the story’s popular theme song, “Part of Your World,” showing off her incredible singing chops in the process.

Halle Bailey

Since she officially joined the Disney princess crew, Bailey has received widespread recognition since landing the role back in 2019. However, she has also faced despicable racism from a huge chunk of the public, as she is the first Black Ariel to swim on screen. 

Nevertheless, Bailey has taken the high road and hasn’t paid any mind to the negativity. 

Aside from the physical difference with this Disney adaptation, 2023’s The Little Mermaid also includes a modernized approach to the love story between Ariel and Eric. While fans already know Ariel is a soulful fighter, no one knew much about Eric. The live-action flick will provide a (literal) three-dimensional look inside his family and home life. Not only that, but the comical talkative seagull Scuttle is now a female bird played by Awkwafina. 

Halle Bailey

With every brilliant Disney recreation comes a lot of attention, and there’s no question that this film with its star-studded cast and vibrant, oceanic visuals will turn every theater into what we want: a transformative experience. 

The Little Mermaid is scheduled to hit theaters on May 26th, 2023.

The Little Mermaid (2023) Official Walt Disney Studios Trailer

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Elisabeth joined Dead Talk News in 2022 and loves movies and TV! After working for various sites, including Screen Rant and Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Elisabeth joined DTN to critique and review various movies, from horror flicks to Disney live-actions.