Disney has officially set its release date for the latest big live-action remake, with The Little Mermaid now planned to hit theaters on Memorial Day weekend 2023.
In an announcement regarding a handful of new dates for the next couple of years, Disney confirmed that The Little Mermaid would be releasing on May 26, 2023. The newly announced release date now sets it up for some big returns, as Memorial Day weekend is typically a big time for films to release. Disney clearly has big hopes for this after the box office success of its last live-action adaptation, The Lion King.Halle Bailey will portray Ariel in the movie with Javier Bardem set to play King Triton, Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Awkwafina as Scuttle, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, and Melissa McCarthy, who will play the role of the sea witch Ursula.
For their new version of The Little Mermaid, Disney is pairing Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken to create a blend of old and new songs that will be featured in the upcoming big-screen version. Miranda and Marshall also worked together on Mary Poppins Returns.
Disney’s animated The Little Mermaid made over $211 million at the box office and became a bestseller on home video, popularizing songs like “Under The Sea” and “Part of Your World.” Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s Danish fairy tale, it tells the story of a 16-year-old mermaid princess named Ariel who longs to be human.