The live-action remake of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” has set a new record for the studio, with more than 108 million global views of its first full trailer in its first 24 hours of release. The trailer premiered during the Academy Awards ceremony on March 12, with Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy opening the scene. Bailey plays Ariel, while McCarthy plays the villainous Ursula.
director Rob MarshallThe film also stars Javier Bardem, Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay and Joanna Hauer-King in co-starring roles. The film tells the story of a mermaid longing to join the human world, and features updated versions of the original musical as well as four new songs.
“The Little Mermaid” is set to open in theaters on Memorial Day, with Alan Menken returning to update his score and write a new song featuring lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Bailey, best known for her work in R&B duo Chloe x Halle, was cast in 2019, and is her biggest role to date.
Disney has seen great success over the past decade with live-action remakes of its animated classics, including “beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” and “The Lion King,” which have grossed more than $1 billion globally. Other remakes in the works include “Snow White” and “Lilo & Stitch,” as well as a “Lion King” prequel. , “Mufasa: The Lion King,” directed by Barry Jenkins.
Following its debut at the Oscars, “The Little Mermaid” became Twitter’s No. 2 trend for the night, and the trailer also climbed to YouTube’s No. 1 globally trending video.
Disney India releases ‘The Little Mermaid’ on 26 May 2023. only in theaters
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