Although live-action versions of classic animated films been around for a while, they only took off as a sub-franchise of its own in 2019 with Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. On 26 May 2023 a live-action movie version of The Little Mermaid will be added to the slate, as directed by Rob Marshall, starring Halle Bailey as Ariel, and with new music by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda (on top of the originals by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman).
Halle Bailey as Ariel
Melissa McCarthy as Ursula
Jonah Hauer-King as Eric
Javier Bardem as King Triton
Daveed Diggs (voice) as Sebastian
Jacob Tremblay (voice) as Flounder
Awkwafina (voice) as Scuttle