The trailer for the live-action The Little Mermaid is here, and it’s not what you’d expect.
Set to release this August, this live-action adaptation of the classic mermaid tale (tail?) strays far from the beloved Disney storyline, drawing its inspiration from the traditional Hans Christian Anderson version instead. Though this film is not affiliated with Disney at all, its title is enough to give it high expectations, especially with the highly anticipated live-action Beauty and the Beast coming out this month. The film, produced by Conglomerate Media and Kingsway Productions features an impressive cast: Shirley MacLaine, Downton Abbey‘s Poppy Drayton, William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia), Loreto Peralta (Instructions Not Included) and Gina Gershon (Empire). This take on the 1837 classic centers on a young girl (Peralta) and her older brother (Moseley), a reporter, who travels to a small town in Mississippi to find a woman believed to be the real Little Mermaid.
This take on the 1837 classic centers on a young girl (Peralta) and her older brother (Moseley), a reporter, who travels to a small town in Mississippi to find a woman believed to be the real “little mermaid.” Reactions to the film trailer have been a mixed bag. With the growing excitement for the Disney live-action films such as Beauty and the Beast set to release this month and The Lion King and Aladdin who were just recently announced, it is understandable that knowing this isn’t a Disney project is somewhat of a letdown. Many are arguing that even this version of Hans Christian Anderson tale isn’t as accurate to the original as it should be. How will this film be received by audiences? Only time will tell!