Fans and viewers are finally getting a more substantial glimpse into the world of the red-haired siren, after years of Disney teasing its upcoming “Little Mermaid” remake. In honor of Disney’s 100th anniversary, Halle Bailey, one half of Chloe and Halle, tweeted a 30 second teaser trailer for the movie on February 15. There are still 100 days until the movie opens in theaters on May 26 as of the release of the trailer.
In July 2019, Bailey was announced as the title character of “The Little Mermaid.” Details about the live-action remake of the animated classic, including Bailey’s hair transformation for the role, were kept under wraps by both Disney and Bailey. Even though some people were against casting Ariel as a Black woman, Bailey sees the role as a way to increase media representation of Black people.
According to Bailey’s statement to Variety last year, “The fact that now it’s getting to be played by me, a person who looks like me, woman of color, I’m just like, wow, I’m so grateful what it will do for all the other little Black and brown boys and girls who will see themselves in me.” Because I am aware that my entire perspective would have changed if I had seen myself when I was younger.
A first look at Prince Eric, played by Jonah Hauer-King, and the evil sea witch Ursula, played by Melissa McCarthy, are also featured in the teaser. Daveed Diggs, best known for his work on “Hamilton,” plays the Jamaican crab Sebastian, Javier Bardem plays King Triton, and Bridgerton’s breakout star Simone Ashley plays Indira.
Where exactly is “The Little Mermaid” set?
For many years, “The Little Mermaid” has been a part of the cultural zeitgeist. Fans are most familiar with the 1989 animated version, which received critical acclaim and two Oscar nominations, prior to the 2023 remake. However, despite decades of Ariel’s story, a question persists: Where does Ariel reside?
In some forums, this has been a contentious subject; however, let’s return to the very beginning of this story. Hans Christian Andersen, a Danish author, first wrote the children’s fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” in 1836. Although the story doesn’t say where it takes place, some say Denmark could have been the setting. To honor the legend, there is even a statue in Copenhagen.
Ariel, on the other hand, lives in the kingdom of Atlantica in the animated film. As its name suggests, Atlantica is beneath the Atlantic Ocean. Some people have been led to believe that the world Ariel wants to be a part of is in a Mediterranean country like Italy or France because of this detail and the architecture on land.
Roshae Hemmings is a St. Louis, Missouri-based journalist for arts and culture publications. Roshae, a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, has written about pop culture, social justice, and food and drink for the Columbia Missourian, Vox Magazine, and 5280 Magazine. She is a foodie at heart who enjoys both eating and learning about food’s history. Roshae enjoys cooking, watching and analyzing reality television, and spending time with friends and family when she is not working on a story.