Here’s the cast of Disney’s live-action ‘Little Mermaid’ remake and who they’re playing

“Grownish” star Halle Bailey stars as Ariel, the titular mermaid.


Halle Bailey stars as Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.”

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In the original movie, 16-year-old Ariel was fascinated by humans and desperately wanted to experience their world. 

The remake, directed by Rob Marshall, includes music from the original movie, plus new tracks developed by EGOT winner Alan Menken and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Miranda told Variety that the film has “three or four original tunes, replacing none of the ones you like. All of those are in.”

The musician also said that there will be music inspired by Ariel’s time on land. 

“She experiences a lot of firsts, as someone with legs for the first time,” Miranda said. “We got to lean into all of that musically.”

Marshall told Deadline he was “proud” of the diverse cast assembled and said that there was “no agenda” in casting Bailey. 

“We saw everybody, but it was hers,” he said. “It had nothing to do with anything exterior. It had everything to do with the interior — what she brings to it, the beauty, the passion, the fierceness, the vulnerability, the joy, the heart. Everything that she has was what we were looking for with Ariel.”

The first teaser trailer for the film, released at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, in September, gave fans their first look at Bailey’s stunning rendition of “Part of Your World.” 

“Ariel is not afraid to show her strength and her passion,” Bailey told Variety of her version of the Disney princess. “There’s so much power in all that she is and the fact that she is just so headstrong and willing to go for what she wants, I think, is more clear in this film.”

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