“The Little Mermaid” Official Trailer Makes a Splash During the Oscars

The Little Mermaid stars Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy were on hand at last night’s 95th Academy Awards to reveal the official trailer for their highly-anticipated film, and the trailer didn’t disappoint. With Disney celebrating their centennial and ABC hosting the Academy Awards telecast, it was the perfect time to unveil the longest look yet at director Rob Marshall’s upcoming film.

Bailey stars as Ariel in the iconic story of a young mermaid, the youngest daughter of King Triton (Javier Bardem) and the most defiant, who harbors a desire to learn more about the world beyond the sea. Ariel’s curiosity leads to her visiting the surface and falling in love with Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King) after saving him from a shipwreck. This is a massive no-no; in the world in which Ariel lives, mermaids are not allowed to interact with humans, let alone fall in love with them. So, Ariel makes a choice that will change all their fates when she strikes a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula (Melissa McCarthy), which will allow Ariel to experience life on land, but which will also throw her father’s kingdom into jeopardy. 

The trailer revealed the full bounty of Marshall’s vision and the most diverse cast to ever perform in an iteration of the film, which is based on the legendary short story by Hans Christian Andersen, and was written by two-time Oscar nominee David Magee (Life of Pi, Finding Neverland).

Joining Bailey, McCarthy, Bardem, and Hauer-King are Jude Akuwudike as Grimsby, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Awkwafina as Scuttle, Lorena Andrea as Perla, and Kasja Mohammar as Karina. These latter two characters are new additions created for this film.   

Check out the trailer below. The Little Mermaid hits theaters on May 26:

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Featured image: Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disney’s live-action THE LITTLE MERMAID. Photo courtesy of Disney. © 2023 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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