The Canadian premiere of the live-action adaptation of the studio’s Oscar-winning animated musical classic was honored tonight in Toronto by Jacob Tremblay, the star of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The Canadian actor who plays Flounder in the movie walked the red carpet and welcomed the crowd’s delighted admirers.
Disney‘s The Little Mermaid, directed by the creative Rob Marshall, debuts exclusively in theaters on May 26, 2023.
The Little Mermaid is the well-known tale of Ariel, a young mermaid who is lovely and courageous and has a desire for exploration. Ariel is the most rebellious and youngest of King Triton’s daughters. She yearns to learn more about the world above the sea and develops feelings for the handsome Prince Eric while on land.
Mermaids aren’t supposed to talk to humans, but Ariel has to do what she feels is right. She strikes a deal with the wicked sea witch Ursula that allows her to see life on dry ground but eventually puts her life and her father’s throne in danger.
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Awkwafina (Raya and the Last Dragon), Jacob Tremblay (Room), Noma Dumezweni (Mary Poppins Returns), Art Malik (Homeland), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Being the Ricardos) also appear in the movie. Singer and actress Halle Bailey (Grown-ish) plays the role of Ariel.
Jonah Hauer-King (A Dog’s Way Home) as Ursula (bridesmaids). The screenplay for The Little Mermaid was written by two-time Oscar nominee David Magee (Life of Pi, Finding Neverland) and directed by Oscar nominee Rob Marshall (Chicago, Mary Poppins Returns).
In addition to lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by multiple Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin), the songs also feature brand-new lyrics written by three-time Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In the Heights).
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Marc Platt (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Grease Live! ), John DeLuca (Tony Bennett: An American Classic), Miranda, Rob Marshall, and Jeffrey Silver (The Lion King), all two-time Emmy winners, are in charge of producing the movie.