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MOVIES: The Little Mermaid - News Roundup *Updated 17th May 2023*

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12th March 2023 - Official Trailer

17th July 2019 - Javier Bardem in Talks to Join Cast as King Triton

Oscar winner Javier Bardem is in talks to join Disney’s live-action remake of its animated classic, The Little Mermaid. He’s circling the role of King Triton, father of Ariel, who is being played by Halle Bailey.


16th July 2019 - Harry Styles in Early Talks to Star as Prince Eric

Harry Styles is in early negotiations to play the iconic role of Prince Eric in the studio’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

3rd July 2019 - Halle Bailey to Star as Ariel

Singer-actress Halle Bailey, part of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle, has nabbed the starring role in Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, and will play the role of Ariel, the rebellious daughter of King Triton who longs to live on dry land.

1st July 2019 - Jacob Tremblay & Awkwafina in Talks to Join Cast

Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are in talks to go under the sea for Disney’s live-action remake of its animated classic The Little Mermaid.

If deals make, Tremblay would give life to Flounder, Ariel’s best friend, who is a fish. Awkwafina would play Scuttle, the seagull friend of the red-headed princess.

28th June 2019 - Melissa McCarthy in Talks to Star as Ursula

Melissa McCarthy may be ready to help some poor unfortunate souls in Disney’s live-action version of “The Little Mermaid.”

Sources tell Variety that while the deal is not yet completed, McCarthy is in early talks to play the sea witch Ursula in the live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.”


10th October 2018 - Rumor; Disney Considering Lady Gaga as Ursula and Zendaya as Ariel

Though Disney has declined to comment, it's believed that the they want Lady Gaga to play Ursula in the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. However, it was also rumored that the popstar was offered a role in the DCEU's Birds of Prey, but she turned it down.


Disney and representatives for Zendaya Coleman have yet to respond to the reports about the actress taking on the role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid live-action remake.


December 6th 2017 - Rob Marshall Top Choice to Direct

EXCLUSIVE: Disney has made Rob Marshall the top choice to direct The Little Mermaid, the live action adaptation of the animated classic musical that will have new songs by Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken, sources said. Miranda and Marc Platt are producing. I’ve heard that Marshall has been offered the movie, and will take until after the holidays to decide.


May 25th 2016 - Disney in Early Talks to Develop Live-Action Adaptation

Execs at Disney are in the early stages of reviving Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid as a live-action feature. Disney production chiefs recently heard a new take and are currently evaluating whether to proceed with the idea. Deadline understands that initial discussions have also taken place with major producers, including some with a strong connection to the studio.


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