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The new Little Mermaid by Disney has dreadlocks now

Disney rewrites the history and aesthetics of the princess of the deep sea with Halle Bailey as the protagonist

The new Little Mermaid by Disney has dreadlocks now Disney rewrites the history and aesthetics of the princess of the deep sea with Halle Bailey as the protagonist

The Little Mermaid trailer very little, less than a minute, but it transports us back in time to when, as children, carefree and happy, we dreamed in front of the screen of swimming together with Ariel, the little yellow fish Flounder and the little crab Sebastian. In the film, unveiled during D23 in Los Angeles, the panel dedicated to the new features of the Disney universe and its various brands, we see Halle Bailey, the new little mermaid, exploring the depths of the ocean, among turtles, plants and other sea creatures, who, as she approaches the light filtering from the surface sings "Out of the sea, wish I could be... part of that world." 

The atmosphere is the same as in the iconic 1989 cartoon, as is the story: Ariel is a mermaid, the youngest and most rebellious of King Triton's daughters who, fascinated by the world of land, meets and falls in love with Prince Eric. To win him she makes a pact with Ursula, the evil sea witch, who in exchange for the chance to live on the surface steals her voice, thus endangering both her own life and her father's kingdom. The live-action version of Disney's animated classic, which looks like it will almost be a musical, reserves many new features compared to the original adaptation of Andersen's fairy tale starting with the look of the protagonist. Ariel has the face of singer Halle Bailey, part with the sister of musical duo Chloe x Halle, who, despite years of speculation about Lindsay Lohan in the role of the Little Mermaid and racist reactions from those who would have preferred a whiter Ariel like the one in the OG cartoon, was Rob Marshall's first choice. For her, the director and his crew envisioned a more contemporary look: a long sea-green ponytail with iridescent highlights, a purple top that looks like a glamorous upgrade of the seashell bra worn by the cartoon version Ariel, and a wild new hairdo with long dreadlocks in shades of cocoa with auburn highlights.

In addition to Bailey, the film, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 26, 2023 (likely triggering mermaidcore fever again), can count on a diverse cast of stars. Javier Bardem as King Triton, Melissa McCarthy will be Ursula, Jonah Hauer-King will give the face of Prince Eric, while lending the voices to Flounder, Sebastian and Scuttle (in the English-language version) will be Jacob Tremblay, Daveed Diggs and Awkwafina, respectively.