The Little Mermaid is a little under a year away from hitting theaters. While we’ve yet to get any official first look, there have been plenty of behind the scenes photos that have made their way online. Now, filming has been completed since late last year; however, recently director Rob Marshall made it clear that post production will take quite some time due to all the audio and visual effects that still need to be done.
Earlier today the film’s star Halle Bailey offered the world a window into what that ongoing process looks like, posting photos from inside of a recording booth onto Twitter. You can see the photos down below!
Although there have been some rumors about Halle returning to recording music with her sister, the biggest giveaway in these photos that that is not the case is the tablet in front of her with what is clearly a blurred out script. If I had to make an educated guess about what she’s recording exactly, it’s likely she’s just doing ADR, or automated dialogue replacement for some lines that may not have been captured clearly enough while they were filming.
Now, it’s unclear how long this process will take, but the fact that she’s doing this now supports the belief that Disney is trying to finish the film in time to show something at D23 in the fall.
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.
The film hits theaters on May 26, 2023.
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