Disney is inviting us all to be part of Ariel’s world with the release of new character posters for The Little Mermaid live-action movie!
The magical photos feature Halle Bailey in the lead role with Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Javier Bardem as King Triton and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula.
Plus there’s Ariel’s very real-looking underwater friends too: Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Awkwafina as Scuttle and Jacob Tremblay as Flounder.
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In addition to these stunning character posters, Disney has also released the latest trailer for The Little Mermaid, showing Ariel and Flounder visiting a shipwreck to find lost treasure with the very evil Ursula making an appearance too.
The film is directed by Rob Marshall who is also behind Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Memoirs of a Geisha and 2002’s Chicago.
He recently addressed some of the negative comments shared online about casting Halle Bailey in the lead role.
“When that controversy arose, from narrow-minded people, I thought, ‘Wow, that really feels like it’s coming from another century. Are we really still there?'” he told Deadline last month.
But he also took a moment to highlight the abundance of positivity Halle’s casting has created too:
“…the bonus that came with that casting, and I wasn’t aware of it at the time, is seeing these young girls of colour and young boys of colour looking at her and thinking, ‘Wow, I’m represented.'”
He added: “It was very, very moving to me.”
Halle herself has also addressed the issue numerous times, saying she’s rising about it all.
“I don’t really think about the naysayers,” she said to People in May. “I just think about the people that are positive and lift me up.”
The film is out in cinemas May 25 in Australia and May 26 globally.
(All photos courtesy Disney/Twitter)