Disney has a slew of live-action versions of its animation masterpieces in the works, the most recent of which has just concluded production. Shooting on Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID has finally wrapped after being delayed due to COVID-19, and star Halle Bailey took to Instagram to celebrate the occasion as well as give us our first glimpse at Ariel.
“And just like that..that’s a wrap,” wrote Bailey. “After auditioning for this film when i was 18 just about to turn 19 , to now finishing filming through a pandemic when i turned 21 ..we have finally made it…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. this experience has made me so much stronger than i ever thought i could be. i’m so grateful to have such lovely and talented people in the cast like @jonahhauerking that will be my friend for infinite lifetimes, @jacobtremblay who i’m so proud of and legends like @bardemantarctic @melissamccarthy @awkwafina @daveeddiggs who are masters of their craft but are so welcoming and open to little old me..as well as to the rest of the beautiful cast and crew. i cannot wait for time to speed up so you all can watch this film because it was made with so much love (plus blood sweat and tears) lol thank you sardinia for a wonderful ending!!!”
The Little Mermaid also stars Jonah Hauer-ing as Prince Eric, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Jude Akuwudike as Grimsby, and Noma Dumezweni as Carlotta, in addition to Halle Bailey as Ariel. Sebastian is played by Daveed Diggs, Flounder is played by Jacob Trembley, and Scuttle is played by Awkwafina. Alan Menken, who composed and co-wrote the music for the original film, is back for the live-action remake and has collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda on new songs. At this time, the film does not have an official release date.