Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairy tale “The Little Mermaid,” made famous by Disney, has enchanted readers and viewers for years. Disney converted this classic tale into a work of art in 1989. There has been much talk and expectation about Disney’s next live-action rendition of “The Little Mermaid” (2023).
See below for a breakdown of everyone you’ll see in the upcoming 2023 live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.”
Halle Bailey as Ariel
Ariel, the youngest daughter of King Triton, is played by the talented Halle Bailey. Bailey, an accomplished musician and actress, has been nominated for five Grammy Awards.
Bailey’s apparent voice and acting qualities make her a wonderful fit for the character, despite the fact that selecting a Black actor in the role initially received criticism from certain fans of the animated film.
Javier Bardem as King Triton
Ariel’s father, King Triton, is played by Oscar winner Javier Bardem. Triton, who resists Ariel’s interest with the human world, receives Bardem’s usual depth and complexity in a villainous role.
The fact that Bardem has been in critically praised productions like “Dune” recently demonstrates his brilliance and has made viewers hungry to see his interpretation.
Mellisa McCarthy as Ursula
Melissa McCarthy, who is more often cast in comedic roles, plays the legendary sea witch Ursula. McCarthy’s comedic skills and her ability to represent complex personalities make her an intriguing option for Ursula, even if it is surprising to some.
Her take on the character’s snarky humor will be refreshingly original.
Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric
Jonah Hauer-King plays the enticing Prince Eric, Ariel’s romantic interest. The English actor Hauer-King, who has appeared in films including “Howard’s End” and “Little Women,” is a compelling choice for the part. Casting in the lead role of Lale in the upcoming film “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” will only increase his star power.
Jacob Tremblay as Flounder
Young actor Jacob Tremblay, who already has a remarkable record, plays Flounder, Ariel’s trustworthy and encouraging best friend. The youthful Tremblay, who has already made a name for himself with standout roles in films like “Room” and “Doctor Sleep,” is a perfect fit for the part.
Daveed Diggs as Sebastian
Tony Award–winning actor and rapper Daveed Diggs plays the charming crab Sebastian. Because of his musical training and his critically praised turn in “Hamilton,” Daveed Diggs is the ideal choice to sing the lead role in Sebastian’s musical adaptation of the classics “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl.” His acting history includes roles in shows like “Black-ish” and films like “Snowpiercer,” so it’s clear he can do a wide range of things.
Scuttle, the bubbly bird who provides comic relief, is played by Awkwafina, an American actor, rapper, and comedian. In this new iteration, the character is a female diving bird instead of a male seagull. As seen in films like “Crazy Rich Asians” and “The Farewell,” Awkwafina has the comedic talents necessary to bring the character to life.
Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina
Noma Dumezweni, a newcomer to the live-action picture, plays Queen Selina. South African-British actress Dumezweni, who has received many accolades for her theater work, gives a great deal of maturity and nuance to the part. Dumezweni’s brilliance guarantees that she will give life to the new role of Queen Selina in this adaption.
Art Malik as Grimsby
Grimsby, Eric’s devoted butler, is portrayed by Art Malik. Famous for his roles in British and Indian television and films, Malik enriches the cast with his unique background and experiences. Disney’s willingness to cast him as a supporting character demonstrates their dedication to diversity.
Jessica Alexander as Vanessa
The human version of Ursula, named Vanessa, is played by Jessica Alexander. Star of the Netflix series “Get Even,” Alexander brings her skills and potential to the picture. Alexander can further her career and win over new fans with her interpretation of this character.
All eyes are on the varied and brilliant ensemble of Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid,” who promise to breathe new life into this classic tale. Audiences are anticipating the film’s debut because they want to see the film’s enchantment and its reimagining of a classic they love.