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Actress who plays Ariel says ‘It’s worth the wait’ for the remake of Disney’s ‘Little Mermaid’

It’s been 5 long years since we first learned that Disney was planning a reboot of its 1989 Little Mermaid, which did swimmingly (pardon the pun) at the box office that year, grossing $211.3 million.

So why have we still not seen Disney’s newest take on Ariel and her journey to find true love, legs, and her father’s approval?

We’re not sure why there’s been so much time since the film’s announcement, especially since we are still about a year and a half from a release.

Halle Bailey, who was cast for the role in 2019, confirmed over the summer that filming for the new live-action look at Ariel, is complete.

The young actress who has signed on to play Ariel says the wait will be worth it once the film is released, and she says she’s really happy about having finally finished filming.

“It was so good to just finish it,” said Bailey. “I’m so happy to just be like ‘yeah that’s completed,’ and I cannot wait for it to be out.”

Sounds like she’s having a hard time waiting too!

“I know we have a little while to wait, but I think it will be worth it,” Bailey explained.

Bailey teams up with a star-studded cast in the new film, which is set to have a theatrical release. No word yet on whether a simultaneous Disney+ release is on the docket. (We’ve seen how that goes lately!)

Awkwafina will play the role of Scuttle the Seagull, and Javier Bardem will play the part of Ariel’s father, King Triton. Jonah Hauer-King (Little Women) will play Ariel’s heartthrob Prince Eric, although there was speculation/talk/rumors/hope that the uber-popular and undeniably swag heartthrob Harry Styles would land the role. (My daughter would have agreed!)

Ursula the Sea Witch is being played by Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy. She’s thrilled about the role, saying she loves Ursula.

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“I have such an affection for Ursula,” she explained. “I know she’s the villain, but I mean, she’s kind of delicious to play.”

The live-action remake is set for a May 26, 2023 release.

About Becky Burkett

I'm a Lone Star State native whose idea of joy includes any combination of the following: cold weather, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 2 boys, my 2 girls, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history and being at Disney World. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birds at the Enchanted Tiki Room, scoring the 999,999 at Buzz's Space Ranger Spin, or trying for the highest score in the toybox at Toy Story Mania! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!