Following the recently released Aladdin remake, Disney has a slate of live-action films on the way, including Dumbo and the upcoming Lion King remake featuring Beyoncé, Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, and more. Disney is adding to this growing list with a remake of our beloved 1989 classic The Little Mermaid.
To refresh your memory, The Little Mermaid centers around Ariel, a mermaid princess, who wishes to be a human after falling head over heels for Prince Eric. In order to be with him on-land, she makes a deal with the sea witch (Ursula) to become human, but the deal ends up being a lot more than she bargained for.
Here’s everything you need to know about The Little Mermaid remake.
Who’s in it?
Over the weekend, news broke that Melissa McCarthy was “in talks” to join the reboot as Ursula the Sea Witch. Fans campaigned for Lizzo to play Ursula following the news since Lizzo dressed up as Ursula last Halloween.
However, Disney announced today, July 1, that Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina have been added to the Mermaid cast to play two of Ariel’s close friends.
Tremblay, who has starred in Before I Wake and The Book of Henry, will voice Flounder. Rapper and Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina will voice Scuttle, Disney hasn’t found its Ariel yet, but fans are hoping Zendaya will take the lead role and the actress seems to be interested as well. “I mean, yeah, why wouldn’t I?” she told Variety last September. Rumors of Zendaya playing Ariel began to circulate again when the actress recently debuted a new red hair color while on her Spiderman: Homecoming press run.
Disney hasn’t announced an official release date for the Mermaid live-action film but check back here for more updates.