Disney Shares First Look at ‘Little Mermaid’ Halle Bailey Song, ‘Lion King’ Prequel ‘Mufasa’

ANAHEIM, Calif. – “The Little Mermaid” swims and sings again.

Disney unveiled the first teaser trailer for the live-action version of the 1989 animated film, showing Halle Bailey’s mermaid Ariel singing “Part of Your World,” at Disney’s D23 fan expo on Friday. The remake is expected in theaters on May 26, 2023.

The video shows Bailey singing underwater in full mermaid mode and drew a standing ovation from the crowd.

Director Rob Marshall called Bailey’s performance “a lap of power”.

“It’s the range of what Halle brings, full and emotional and so happy and fighting. You see all sides of her,” Marshall said.

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Marshall said there will be four new songs in the film by the team of Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda – the first time the duo have worked together.

“And it’s magical,” Marshall added.

‘Mufasa’: Disney shares first look at live-action ‘Lion King’ prequel

Mufasa (seen with young Simba) gets an origin story

“Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins revealed the first look at “Mufasa: The Lion King” at the exhibition.

In the original “Lion King”, Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones) is king of the Pride Lands, Simba’s father, and Sarabi’s companion.

The new live-action prequel to 2019’s “Lion King” is the “origin story of one of the greatest kings of the Pride Lands,” Jenkins said. “This is the story of how Mufasa found his way into the Circle of Life.”

Jenkins briefly showed footage of young Mufasa, an orphan, surviving a great flood and growing into adulthood. The film hits theaters in 2024.

Amy Adams’ ‘Disenchanted’ Sequel Gets First Trailer

Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Idina Menzel and Maya Rudolph appeared on the Disney stage to reveal details and a first trailer for “Disenchanted,” the sequel to the 2007 fairy tale tribute “Enchanted,” which coming to Disney+ in November. 24.

Adams’ Gisele is now a mother of two, including an infant. Rudolph plays her on-screen rival.

“It’s not easy being mean to Amy Adams, but we had fun being mean to each other,” Rudolph said from the stage.

Gal Gadot Loved Evil in ‘Snow White’

Rachel Zegler (left) and Gal Gadot play Snow White and the Evil Queen respectively in Disney's upcoming live-action reboot.

Rachel Zegler (left) and Gal Gadot play Snow White and the Evil Queen respectively in Disney’s upcoming live-action reboot.

Gal Gadot, who plays the Evil Queen, and “West Side Story” star Rachel Zegler, who plays Snow White, appeared at D23 to discuss the live-action version of “Snow White,” which hits theaters in 2024.

“Wonder Woman” star Gadot said it was a thrill to switch sides and play one of the most iconic screen villains of all time.

“I’m used to playing on the other end. But getting under her skin and stepping into her shoes was so enjoyable, I enjoyed it so much,” Gadot said. “I was so into that character. And it wasn’t me. I loved the fact that I could go cuckoo and stretch.”

Zegler said her Snow White is “definitely made for the modern era” as she discovers “herself and her inner voice.”

This article originally appeared in USA TODAY: ‘The Little Mermaid’ Halle Bailey sings as Ariel in Disney trailer

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