ANAHEIM, Calif. – “The Little Mermaid” is swimming and singing again.
Disney unveiled the first teaser trailer for the live-action version of the 1989 animated film, showing Halle Bailey’s mermaid Ariel singing “Part of Your World,” at the Disney fan expo D23 on Friday. The remake is expected in theaters on May 26, 2023.
The footage features Bailey singing underwater in full mermaid mode and brought a loud ovation from the crowd.
Director Rob Marshall called Bailey’s performance “a tour de force.”
“It’s the range of what Halle brings, full and emotional and so joyous and fighter. You see all the sides of her,” Marshall said.
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Marshall said there would be four new songs in the movie from the team of Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda – the first time the duo have collaborated together.
“And it’s magical,” Marshall added.
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Adams’ Gisele is now a mother of two, including an infant. Rudolph plays her screen rival.
“It’s not easy being mean to Amy Adams, but we had a fun meal being as nasty to each other,” said Rudolph.