Audiences were finally granted more than just a glimpse under the sea on Sunday with the long-awaited debut of a full-length trailer for Disney’s live-action “Little Mermaid.”
“It has been such an honor stepping into the iconic role of Ariel,” Bailey said. “It’s been an extraordinary experience, a dream come true for me.”
Those willing to overlook the not-so-subtle attempt at cross-promotion, however, were not disappointed. The trailer features Bailey’s tender version of “Part of Your World,” along with a colorful assembly of underwater scenes that recreate many of the 1989 animated classic’s most beloved moments.
The clip also offers a first look at Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Ariel’s human love interest, and Javier Bardem as her stern father, King Triton.
Making the most buzzed-about appearance, however, is McCarthy as Ursula, complete with purple tentacles and wicked cackle, who strikes a deal with Ariel to allow the mermaid to experience life beyond the ocean ― at a devastating price.
“It’s what I live for,” the character proclaims in a line lifted directly from the animated version.
The live-action “Little Mermaid” is directed by Rob Marshall, an Academy Award nominee for 2002’s “Chicago” whose Disney résumé includes 2014’s “Into the Woods” and 2018’s “Mary Poppins Returns.”
In addition to the classic musical numbers “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl,” composer Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony-winning creator and star of “Hamilton,” have written four new songs for the movie.
Catch the full “Little Mermaid” trailer.