The Little Mermaid Movie

Out of the sea, wish I could be... part of that world.

The Little Mermaid movie poster

Rob Marshall’s live-action reimagining of the studio’s Oscar®-winning animated musical classic.

Who's Involved:

Emily Coates, Melissa McCarthy, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John DeLuca, David Magee, Halle Bailey, Jessica Alexander, Javier Bardem, Jacob Tremblay, Rob Marshall, Marc Platt, Awkwafina, Daveed Diggs, Jonah Hauer-King, Noma Dumezweni

Release Date:

Friday, May 26, 2023 Nationwide

action/peril and some scary images
Runtime: N/A
Language: English

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Plot: What's the story about?

The Little Mermaid is the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton’s daughters, and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea, and while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land, but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy.

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Who stars in The Little Mermaid: Cast List

... Ariel

The Color Purple  

... Ursula

Unfrosted, Bridesmaids  

... Flounder

Luca (re-release), Wonder  

... Scuttle

If, The Bad Guys 2  

... Sebastian

Soul (re-release), Wonder  

... King Triton

Dune: Part Two, Eat Pray Love  

... Prince Eric

A Dog's Way Home, Once Upon a Time in Staten Island  

... Carlotta

Retribution, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind  


Into the Deep, A Banquet  

Who's making The Little Mermaid: Crew List

A look at the The Little Mermaid behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Rob Marshall last directed Mary Poppins Returns and Into the Woods. The film's writer David Magee last wrote The Tiger's Apprentice and A Man Called Otto.


David Magee


John DeLuca
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Marc Platt

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Production: What we know about The Little Mermaid?

Key Facts

  1. The film stars singer and actress Halle Bailey (“grown-ish”) as Ariel; Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton,” “Snowpiercer”) as the voice of Sebastian; Jacob Tremblay (“Luca,” “Room”) as the voice of Flounder; Awkwafina (“Raya and the Last Dragon”) as the voice of Scuttle; Jonah Hauer-King (“A Dog’s Way Home”) as Prince Eric; Art Malik (“Homeland”) as Sir Grimsby; Noma Dumezweni (“Mary Poppins Returns”) as Queen Selina; with Oscar® winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Being the Ricardos”) as King Triton; and two-time Academy Award® nominee Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” “Bridesmaids”) as Ursula.
  2. Set to shoot on the Italian island of Sardiniac (4/10/2021).
  3. The film will incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated classic, as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Deadline, 1/5/21).
  4. Noma Dumezweni will be joining the cast in a brand new role that was not in the animated movie (Deadline, 1/5/21)
  5. "After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle [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,” explained Rob Marshall in a statement (7/3/19).
  6. This is singer-actress Halle Bailey's first leading role (7/3/19). She's part of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle and had a supporting role on Freeform's Grown-ish.
  7. Being orchestrated as a mix of pre-existing songs from the 1989 Disney animated classic movie (Deadline, 8/16/16).
  8. Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda with iconic songwriter Alan Menken will write the songs together (Deadline, 8/16/16).
  9. A live action feature adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale.

Filming Timeline

  1. 2023 - January: The film was set to Completed  status.
  2. 2021 - September: The film was set to Post-Production  status.
  3. 2021 - June: The film was set to Production  status.

    Currently filming in Sardinia, Italy.

  4. 2020 - December: The film was set to Production  status.
  5. 2019 - July: The film was set to Pre-Production  status.
  6. 2019 - July: The film was set to Pre-Production  status.

    An early 2020 production start is being planned.

  7. 2018 - March: The film was set to Development  status.

    Rob Marshall is the top choice to direct.

  8. 2016 - August: The film was set to Development  status.

    Disney, Lin-Manuel Miranda with iconic songwriter Alan Menken are teaming for a live action feature adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid.

The Little Mermaid Release Date: When was the film released?

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The Little Mermaid was a Nationwide release in 2023 on Friday, May 26, 2023. There were 15 other movies released on the same date, including Kandahar, The Machine and About My Father.

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