Everything We Know About ‘The Little Mermaid’ Remake

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Little Mermaid Remake
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With the wave (see what we did there?) of the recent Disney remakes, it was just a matter of time before Disney announced a brand new Little Mermaid. Now, we know for sure The Little Mermaid remake is happening. Thankfully, the cast looks incredible! Here’s everything you need to know about the next big Disney hit…

Announcing The Little Mermaid Remake

Little Mermaid Remake
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It started with Cinderella in 2015. Then Jungle Book, a massive hit, in 2016. Then Beauty and the Beast in 2017, and Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King all this year. And with excellent box office returns, it’s safe to say that Disney does not plan to stop remaking its classic animated films. Last month, the studio announced they will next remake The Little Mermaid, and even announced who would play Ariel, aka the little mermaid herself!

Filming will begin sometime in April of 2020. Outside of Ariel, Disney remains tight-lipped about the rest of the cast. However, some rumors are circulating about the cast list and who Disney plans on announcing next…

Controversy Around Ariel

Halle Bailey Ariel
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In the role of Ariel Disney cast Halle Bailey (not to be confused with Halle Barry). Bailey started her career off as a singer, an essential quality for Ariel. After Bailey uploaded a video of herself singing a Beyoncé song, the famous singer sought her out and signed her. Talk about dreams coming true! Since then, she’s been working to transition to acting as well.

The director of the movie, Rob Marshall, said, “After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle 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.”

After the announcement, Disney faced a small amount of backlash. Some felt unhappy with the casting, claiming the role of Ariel should have gone to a woman with fair skin, based on the original cartoon. Meanwhile, Bailey is African-American. However, celebrities and fans quickly shut naysayers down, saying it did not matter how the original film presented the characters. The new filmmakers are free to use what they want and discard the rest. After all, it’s just a cartoon. And like one tweet said – Ariel is a fish. Her skin color does not matter.

Who Will Play The Rest Of The Iconic Characters?

Melissa McCarthy Ursula
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The rest of the casting choices are all speculations. Online users demand that Gordon Ramsay will play the Angry Chef, which is very fitting. Others want Harry Styles, the One Direction alumni and heartthrob to play Prince Eric, and Idris Elba to play King Triton, Ariel’s father.

As for the ultimate Disney villain, Ursula: Melissa McCarthy said in an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that she would love to take on that role.”I was a nanny when that first came out and one of the little girls I was watching – we watched it every single night for about a year and a half […] I know it, I know it to my core, and I weirdly still love it,” the actress said. Afterward, McCarthy added that Disney should give her a call.

Once again, the potential casting resulted in backlash. In case you didn’t know, the iconic drag queen Divine largely inspired the original design of Ursula. Many commenters online brought up the fact that Disney could have awarded this role to a current drag queen or someone else from the LGBTQ+ community. However, McCarthy’s casting is far from a certainty, so it probably best for everyone to take a deep breath.

We will keep you updated with any further information regarding The Little Mermaid!