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Everything You Need to Know About the Live-Action ‘Little Mermaid’

The Little Mermaid, Disney’s Oscar-nominated 1989 classic, is getting the live-action treatment, with a new spin slated to hit theaters next spring. After the success of adaptations like Cinderella, starring Lily James, and the Angelina Jolie-led Maleficent, it looks like Disney is stepping up to give the next generation of princess lovers a fresher take on the animated franchise. If you’re wondering what to expect from the remake, here’s everything we know so far.

When will The Little Mermaid be released?
Although the movie was originally slated for release in November of 2019, production was pushed back, and then delayed further by the pandemic. It’s now set to be released in May of 2023.

Who is the star of The Little Mermaid?
Halle Bailey, who is widely known as half of the Grammy-nominated sibling duo Chloe x Halle, is set to play Ariel in the new adaptation. Although Bailey has appeared on screen before, appearing as Sky in the television series Grown-ish, The Little Mermaid will mark her first starring role in a feature film.

“After auditioning for this film when I was 18, just about to turn 19, to now finishing filming through a pandemic [after] I turned 21 ..we have finally made it,” Bailey wrote on Instagram after the movie wrapped last summer. “I feel so grateful to have experienced this film in all of its glory..it has been the toughest experience being away from everything and everyone I’ve ever known, to feeling self doubt/ loneliness, but also feeling such freedom and perseverance as I’ve reached the end.”

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