Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid was set to begin production two weeks ago, until all that was halted due to the coronavirus epidemic. Now, a couple of images from the set have surfaced, showing us the kind of scale the production will be like when it resumes this Summer.
The images below, which come from Splash News, gives a peek of a full-scale model of Prince Eric’s ship, it looks very reminiscent of the Pirates of the Caribbean ships that Disney had made for filming.
The set photos come from Pinewood Studios in London England, where production was not only kicking off for The Little Mermaid but Jurassic World: Dominion starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill had also kicked off production. All cast and crew for the studio production and Pinewood employees have since been sent home until given the green-light by the British government.
Directed by Rob Marshall (Mary Poppins Returns), The Little Mermaid is set to feature an all-star cast that includes Halle Bailey as Princess Ariel, Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Melissa McCarthy as the sea witch Ursula, Javier Bardem as Ariel’s over-protective father King Triton, Awkwafina as the diving bird Scuttle, Jacob Tremblay as Ariel’s best friend Flounder, Daveed Diggs as King Triton’s loyal concierge Sebastian, and Jamiyka Jones, who recently joined the cast as the voice of seahorse.
Composer Alan Menken (Enchanted) recently announced during The Rosie O’Donnell Show livestream last week, that he and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) had finished recording all the music for the film, including four brand new songs, one we hear is a solo for Prince Eric. As we previously reported, the film will also briefly feature Ariel’s mother and sisters, as well as Carlotta, Grimsby, and Prince Eric’s best friend, Max.
Disney has not officially announced a release date for the film, but we expect the project to take up one of the release dates in 2022.
Source: Splash News