Disney may be working on a live action Little Mermaid movie with Halle Bailey, but fans don’t have to wait too long for ABC’s The Little Mermaid Live. The show is set to air on November, and we just got our first look at the star-studded cast.
On the spotlight we have Auli’i Cravalho playing the lead role of Ariel. If you know your Disney trivia, you’ll know that Cravalho had played another Disney princess before with Moana. This will be her third Disney relayed project after reprising Moana for Ralph Breaks the Internet.
Joining Cravalho will be Queen Latifah as Ursula and Shaggy as Sebastian the Crab. John Stamos is also onboard as the French Chef Louis and Graham Phillips will be playing the role of Prince Eric. We don’t have any news on other characters like King Triton or Flounder yet, but I have a feeling a lot of the characters are going to be using puppeteers.
With the live-action Little Mermaid film slowly coming together, this is sure to get people excited for the property again. I think it’s pretty cool they managed to nab a Disney princess to play another Disney princess, and I think Latifah will be a fantastic Ursula; then again, I always hoped that Disney would pick a drag queen to play the character if they really want to be all about representation.
Here’s the synopsis for the original Disney movie:
In Disney’s beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel (Jodi Benson) is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula (Pat Carroll) to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter.
Catch The Little Mermaid Live when it airs on ABC on Nov. 5.