The Little Mermaid Live Action Remake: Cast, Release Date And All The Details

13 July 2021, 15:32

Halle Bailey is playing Ariel in the remake of The Little Mermaid
Halle Bailey is playing Ariel in the remake of The Little Mermaid. Picture: Disney / Getty

Disney is remaking The Little Mermaid, and its already got an impressive cast in the running.

Along with a string of other Disney classics, The Little Mermaid is receiving a modern re-boot, following in the footsteps of Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Mulan.

Disney confirmed that singer Halle Bailey will be taking the lead role of Ariel, but a number of equally impressive names are also said to be involved in the new movie.

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The 1989 animation film was a huge hit and is still a firm favourite flick to this day but Disney are giving it a live-action update, no doubt using similar CGI tactics they applied in The Lion King and Aladdin.

Here’s everything you need to know about The Little Mermaid live-action remake…

Halle Bailey wraps up filming for The Little Mermaid remake

On July 12, Halle Bailey, who plays the titular character of Ariel, took to Instagram to reflect on her experience on set as filming for the iconic Disney flick wrapped.

"And just like that..that’s a wrap."

In the emotional post, the 21-year-old triple threat got candid about what the project meant to her.

She wrote: "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..."

Halle Bailey tells fans she can't wait for them to see The Little Mermaid after she wraps filming
Halle Bailey tells fans she can't wait for them to see The Little Mermaid after she wraps filming. Picture: Halle Bailey/Instagram

The 'Chloe x Halle' songstress went on to gush over her castmates: "I'm so grateful to have such lovely and talented people in the cast like @jonahhauerking that will be my friend for infinite lifetimes."

She went on to extend her gratitude to the star-studded cast, mentioning the likes of Melissa McCarthy and Awkafina.

Halle described the process of filming to be "toughest experience" but it made her "stronger than I ever thought I could be".

She capped off the post with passionate words: "I cannot wait for time to speed up so you all can watch this film because it was made with so much love."

We can't wait either!

First look at The Little Mermaid remake as production begins

Halle Bailey has been pictured for the first time as Ariel and it's getting us so excited to see the movie!

In photos obtained by this tabloid, Halle can be seen on a Sardinian shoreline with Jonah Hauer-King, where they appear to be working on the famous scene in which Ariel rescues Prince Eric.

The pair are close to the water as they both sport wet suits as they kickstart production for the Disney movie.

Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in The Little Mermaid
Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Picture: PA


Here's the full cast for The Little Mermaid's live-action remake:


Halle Bailey will star as Ariel, after rising to fame through her musical duo with sister Chloe – the girls’ group name is Chloe x Halle.

The 19-year-old began her career by covering pop songs and sharing her renditions on YouTube and went on to make a cameo in Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ visual album during the ‘All Night’ introduction alongside Zendaya.


Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina has the role of Ariel’s seagull friend Scuttle.

Awkwafina is in The Little Mermaid cast
Awkwafina is in The Little Mermaid cast. Picture: Getty
Jacob Tremblay is Flounder in The Little Mermaid remake
Jacob Tremblay is Flounder in The Little Mermaid remake. Picture: Getty


Jacob Tremblay, 12, will play Ariel’s friendly fish pal Flounder after wowing critics when he made his movie debut in 2015 film Room.

Prince Eric

Jonah Hauer-King is set to play Prince Eric! Although One Direction fans were eager for Harry Styles to land Prince Eric, he is said to have 'politely declined' the role.


Melissa McCarthy is set to play Ursula after teasing that she was set to play the villainous sea creature, and we already know she's going to kill it!


Hamilton star Daveed Diggs (Thomas Jefferson & Lafayette obv) has been cast for the role of everyone's favourite singing crab!

Jonah Hauer-King has been cast as Prince Eric
Jonah Hauer-King has been cast as Prince Eric. Picture: PA

Release date

There isn’t yet a release date for The Little Mermaid, but production is already underway, meaning a 2021 release date is highly likely.


Disney tend not to veer too far from original storylines when remaking the classic movies, so expect the modern version to be close to the traditional plot.


There isn’t a trailer for the upcoming film just yet, but as soon as there is we’ll have it here.

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