The Upcoming Live Action Remake of Disney’s 1989 film “The Little Mermaid”, often considered the film to officially begin the Disney Renaissance Era, has begun filming and a number of set photos have bene shared online.
The Set Photos appear to be actress Halle Bailey (who will play Princess Ariel), and actor Jonah Hauer-King (who will play Prince Eric), appear to be acting out the segment of the film where Ariel has just rescued Eric from the sinking ship, taking him to shore where he can be found by other humans, and just as he opens his eyes he gets a glimpse of his rescuer and hears her angelic singing voice.
The 21 year old actress and 26 year old actor seem to be laughing as they are presumably trying to film the scene but from time to time you do get hiccups on a film set and laugh it off when you have to do another take. Halle Bailey seems to be wearing certain fabric that is possibly there to key out and alter with digital effects in post, meaning she will appear different in the final cut.
When the live action remake was announced there was some controversy to the casting. Many assumed someone like Ariana Grande would be selected, but instead Halle Bailey was chosen for the role. Halle is of course African American while Ariel in ‘The Little Mermaid’ animated film was originally Mediterranean or Caucasian with bright red hair, sparking the “NotMyAriel” Hashtag on twitter.
Some say that the reason why Ariel had her red hair in the original film was in reference to the Greek/Roman Gods who were sometimes depicted as having red hair as a sign of their divinity.
Disney has been seeing a bit of decline with these films later. There are those who have grown tired of Disney’s Live Action Remakes as recent films like Cruella have not done as well as expected for the company.
The live action remake is filming in Italy and currently doesn’t have a release date but many speculate either a late 2022 or early 2023 release. Only then will we know whether or not the film will live up to the hype for those looking forward to it.
Source: Daily Mail
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