First look at Disney’s live action teaser trailer for “The Little Mermaid” featuring Halle Bailey singing a classic. The trailer begins with beautiful underwater wildlife being shown before giving a first look at Halle Bailey as mermaid princess Ariel.
She gracefully flows through the water before she gets a peek of the sun and quickly swims up for a closer look. Bailey is then heard singing: “Out of the sea … ,” before viewers see her face for the first time, revealing her auburn red locks. “Wish I could be, part of that world,” she soulfully continues from the classic Part of Your World song that was featured in the 1989 original.
The film is a reimagining of the 1989 animated classic and tells the story of Ariel, who pines for life on land and falls in love with human Prince Eric, played by Jonah Hauer-King. Melissa McCarthy plays villainous Ursula, Javier Bardem is Ariel’s dad King Triton, Daveed Diggs voices Sebastian, Jacob Tremblay voices Flounder, and Awkwafina voices Scuttle.
Director Rob Marshall, who previously made Mary Poppins Returns and Into the Woods for Disney, told Variety last month about Bailey’s impressive audition for the role, recalling that he was ‘in tears because she’s so soulful’. “You could tell right away that she was able to harness Ariel’s passion, her fire, her soul, her joy and her heart,” said Marshall of the 22-year-old actress, who also stars in the upcoming The Color Purple movie musical. He added: “She looks stunning in red hair; not everybody does.” The Little Mermaid is set to be released in May 2023.