Today at D23, disney offered a first look at his live-action adaptation of The little Mermaidfeaturing Halle Bailey and led by Rob Marshallwhich is set to hit theaters on May 26. Watch the teaser above.
Bailey said today it was the first time she had seen footage from the Walt Disney Pictures film.
“I’m sure all of you here can relate to Ariel and how special she is to all of us,” she said from the stage. “Being a little girl swimming in the pool, imagining I was a mermaid, I never imagined it would come to life [like this]. … The three days of filming ‘Part of Your World’ was the greatest experience of my life — feeling all the feelings she has, her passion, her discomfort, all that she is going through. It was so exciting for me to play those emotions and to have Rob directing me and to be such a moving force on this film was truly an honor.
Says Marshall, Oscar nominee for The return of Mary Poppins: “I have a special connection with this film. In 1989, I don’t know if you remember the excitement of hearing a musical again. It was kind of dead – the musicals were gone. Even though it was lively, you could hear people singing over and over. … When Disney asked me to do this, I felt this incredible moment. It was like fate.
The pic is based on the studio’s 1989 animated classic, itself based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. The story centers on the mermaid princess Ariel, who makes a Faustian bargain with the sea witch Ursala in an effort to become human and win the love of a prince.
Clements and John Musker wrote and directed the original film, which became an instant classic upon release, grossing over $211 million worldwide and winning Academy Awards for Best Score, Original Score and Best Score. , original song, as well as two Golden Globes, a Grammy and other honors. David Magee and Jane Goldman scripted the new version, in which Halle Bailey will star as Ariel, with Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric and Javier Bardem as King Triton. Jessica Alexander, Noma Dumezweni, Daveed Diggs, Jude Akuwudike, Lorena Andrea, Kajsa Mohammar, Jacob Trembaly and Awkwafina complete the cast.
Live-action development Little Mermaid began in 2016. The upcoming musical fantasy picture will feature songs created for the original film, as well as new ones written by original composer Alan Menken, with lyrics by hamiltonby Lin-Manuel Miranda. Marshall and Miranda are producing alongside Marc Platt and John DeLuca, with Jessica Virtue and Allison Erlikhman overseeing the project for the studio.
Today Little Mermaid The news came as part of Disney’s studio showcase, highlighting upcoming live-action and animation projects from Disney and Pixar. This year’s conference is taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center through Sunday, September 11.
Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.