Disney Shares First Look at Halle Bailey as Ariel in ‘The Little Mermaid’ Teaser – Rolling Stone

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Disney die-hards were was treated to a brief preview of singer and R&B actress Halle Bailey’s performance as Ariel on Friday when the studio released the first official teaser for the upcoming live-action remake of the beloved 1989 animated musical, The little Mermaid.

The clip shows off the film’s dazzling underwater effects before finally revealing the 22-year-old in mermaid attire as she performs a short snippet of the film’s most iconic song, “Part of Your World.”

“That sequence was the greatest experience of my life, really,” Bailey said of filming “Part of Your World” at Disney’s biennial D23 Expo, which is currently taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Directed by Rob Marshall, the film is also set to star Javier Bardem, Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay and Melissa McCarthy and will hit theaters on May 26, 2023.

According The Hollywood Reporterthe new iteration of the Disney classic will feature four new songs – but Marshall said his love for the film’s soundtrack, which also includes fan favorites like ‘Under the Sea’ and ‘Kiss the Girl’, inspired his vision of the project: “When it opened in 1989…the musicals were gone,” he said of the animation Little Mermaid. “Even though it was animated, you could hear people singing again in the cinema.”

In the same way The little Mermaid teaser, convention attendees also got a glimpse of Mufasa: The Lion Kingwhich serves as a prequel to the original Lion King Disney’s story and live action White as snow remake, starring Rachel Zegler and Gal Gadot.

News of Bailey’s casting as Ariel initially angered some Disney fans, who took issue with a black actress portraying the role of the fictional princess. The Grammy nominee addressed the controversy in an interview with Variety last month.

“I want the little girl in me and the little girls like me watching to know that they are special and should be a princess in every way,” she said. “There’s no reason they shouldn’t be. This reassurance was something I needed.

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