We’re a little under a year away from Disney’s live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid hitting theaters.
While no official first look at the film has been released online, there have been countless leaks over the past few months. The latest leak is arguably one of the coolest though, despite not being a photo or video.
Thursday evening the person who runs the Instagram account LiveActionAriel teased that they had somehow obtained a copy of one of the film’s companion novels ahead of its release.
In a subsequent post, they revealed the updated names of Triton’s daughters/Ariel’s sisters. In the film, the girls will apparently go by the names Mala, Karina, India, Caspia, Perla, and Tameka.
If true, this is a major change from the animated film, as Ariel’s sisters originally all had names that started with the letter ‘A’: Attina, Alana, Adella, Aquata, Arista, and Andrina. They were all also notably white, and there are numerous leaks that also indicate that won’t be the case in the live-action film.
Now, whoever runs the account has said that they will continue tease other potential changes expected to jump the page, but it’s not entirely clear if the account is telling the truth. For that we urge you to take this bit a news with a grain of salt.
With a first official look at the film expected to debut at D23 in September, it’s only a matter of time before the truth surfaces.
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.