The Little Mermaid - Official Teaser Trailer

Marshall rather naively admits that he didn’t understand what the impact of casting Bailey would be. “I wasn’t anticipating that because, in a way, I felt like we’ve moved so far past that kind of thing, but then you realize, in a way we haven’t,” he said. “It was very moving to me to see how important this kind of casting is for the world.”

Marshall stresses that Halle won’t be copying a previous incarnation of Ariel, the character will very much be her interpretation and play to her strengths.

“Halle still had that freshness in herself,” he said. “As soon as we cast her, we were really thinking in terms of how we can make this her Ariel.”


The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey as Ariel; Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric; Daveed Diggs as Sebastian; Awkwafina as Scuttle; Jacob Tremblay as Flounder; Javier Bardem as King Triton; Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina; and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, dives into theaters May 26.