Sex Education and Bridgerton actress Simone Ashley is set to appear in Disney’s highly-anticipated live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. The Sunday Times revealed the news a few days back. However, while speaking with Elle Singapore, Simone revealed that she was actually on the set of the Disney film when she got the call that she had landed the role of Kate Sharma in Bridgerton season 2 way back in 2021.
It is unknown who Ashley is playing at this time; however, back in early 2020, we exclusively reported that the film would include Ariel’s sisters, Attina, Alana, Adella, Aquata, Arista, and Andrina. We also reported that the studio was looking at women of color for these roles. Again it is unconfirmed at this time who she is playing.
The Little Mermaid wrapped filming over the Summer and is still in the extensive post-production process. Disney has the film on schedule to hit theaters on May 26, 2023. We should expect some first-look images and possibly a teaser during Disney’s D23 Expo, which is set for September 9-11, 2022.
Directed by Rob Marshall (Into The Woods), The Little Mermaid will feature the original music by Alan Menken (Tangled and 1989’s The Little Mermaid) in addition to four brand new songs co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Encanto). The film stars Halle Bailey as Ariel, Jonah Hauer-King (A Dog’s Way Home) as Prince Eric, Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) as Ursula, Awkwafina (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) as Scuttle, and Daveed Diggs (Snowpiercer) as Sebastian. Also set to star is Emily Coates, Jude Akuwudike, Noma Dumezweni, Russell Balogh, and Adrian Christopher.