Ariel may want to be where the people are, but the first teaser trailer for Disney's live-action The Little Mermaid takes viewers down where it's wetter, providing a first look at Halle Bailey as Ariel and a first listen to her rendition of "Part of Your World."
"The three days filming 'Part of Your World' was the most beautiful experience of my life," the actress said onstage at D23 Expo 2022, where the teaser debuted. "I'm sure all of you in here can relate to Ariel and how special she is to all of us. Being a little girl swimming in the pool, imagining I was a mermaid, I never imagined that would come to life [like this]."
Director Rob Marshall is at the helm for this reimagining of the 1989 animated classic, which won Best Original Song for Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's "Under the Sea" and Best Original Score at the 62nd Oscars. The new version of The Little Mermaid features those iconic songs as well as four new tracks penned by Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Though the teaser focuses on the debut of Bailey's Ariel — with the briefest of glimpses at Flounder (voiced by Jacob Tremblay) swimming in her dinglehopper-filled grotto — the cast also includes Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Awkwafina as Scuttle, Javier Bardem as King Triton, and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula the sea witch. Watch below.
Following its release, Bailey shared a compilation of videos of young Black girls reacting to the trailer, writing on Instagram, "people have been sending these reactions to me all weekend and i’m in truly in awe ♥️seeing these little babies reactions makes me so emotional 💗this means the world to me 💗😭thank you all for your unwavering support"
The Little Mermaid arrives in theaters on May 26, 2023.