Everything We Know About 'The Little Mermaid' Movie

The release date, cast trailer and more.

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As we inch closer and closer to the premiere of The Little Mermaid, there's more information starting to roll out about the film. For example, Disney just recently unveiled a new set of colorful posters for the cast, we've learned that Melissa McCarthy wanted the role of Ursula so bad that she begged director Rob Marshall for a shot, there's a newly-released Ariel doll that you can purchase via Amazon, and Disneyland guests will have the chance to interact with a live action Ariel throughout the month of May. We anticipate that many more updates will be rolling in over the next couple of weeks, so here's a refresher on everything you need to know prior to the premiere, including the release date, trailer, cast and more.

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When is The Little Mermaid release date?

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The Little Mermaid will hit theaters on May 26th. The film stars Halle Bailey as Ariel, and is directed by Rob Marshall.

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Who's in The Little Mermaid cast?

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Ariel will be portrayed by Halle Bailey. Bailey was cast in the role in 2019 after an extensive casting search. The film will mark Bailey's first starring feature film role, and some of her previous credits include portraying Skylar "Sky" Foster on Grownish from 2018 to 2022. Bailey is also one-half of the musical duo Chloe x Halle with her sister Chloe Bailey. You can expect more Halle Bailey in film this year as she will portray Young Nettie in the upcoming movie musical The Color Purple.

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Jonah Hauer-King will take on the role of Prince Eric. The 27-year-old's previous credits A Dog Way Home, Little Women, and World on Fire.

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Melissa McCarthy will portray Ursula, which is a dream come true for her.

Additionally, Sebastian the crab will be voiced by Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay will take on the duties of Flounder the fish, and Awkwafina will voice Scuttle. Believe it or not, we're still finding out details about the cast and characters despite being roughly three weeks away from the premiere. We still don't have the full details on all of Ariel's six sisters, and there are more announcements on who's playing what character that we assume we'll be out before the 26th. We'll make sure to update this article when those details are announced.

Once again, The Little Mermaid hits theaters on May 26th. Also releasing in May is the White Men Can't Jump remake starring Jack Harlow and Sinqua Walls. Check out everything you need to know about the film here.

In other fun Halle Bailey news, the superstar appeared on the second episode of SEEN, a new video series with global, Gen Z celebs and creators showcasing the amazing connections sparked through DMs -  from friendships to famous creative collabs and everything in between.

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In it, she told the story of tennis legend Serena Williams sliding into her DMs and the bond they formed on Instagram. During the episode Bailey remembered the experience saying:

“I remember going in my DMs and seeing it and just, like, freaking out and I didn't know what to say. My sister and I look up to her and her sister so much. So I was dying at the interaction.” 

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