Halle Bailey's "The Little Mermaid" Will Start Streaming on Disney+ Next Month
Disney's magical live-action reimagining of "The Little Mermaid" hit theaters in May, and now it's finally heading to streaming. The remake, which stars Halle Bailey as Ariel, was one of the most anticipated movies of the year, especially after unveiling its sprawling, full-length trailer during the 2023 Oscars. Its cast also includes Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Awkwafina as Scuttle, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Javier Bardem as King Triton, and Daveed Diggs as Sebastian.
Though live-action Disney remakes can sometimes be hit or miss, it seems the new "The Little Mermaid" has something everyone can enjoy (even adults who are fans of the iconic story). From exciting new songs to renditions of classics from the original 1989 movie, the rebooted movie breathes new life into a familiar tale that today's generation has fallen in love with — especially with Bailey at the forefront.
Bailey's role as Ariel has been the talk of the town ever since she was cast in the summer of 2019, making her the second-ever Black actor to be crowned a Disney princess (the first, Anika Noni Rose, voiced Tiana in 2009's "The Princess and the Frog"). Her history-making project reignited the conversation about the representation of Black people in Disney films, and Bailey spoke about carrying that torch with pride in a March interview with POPSUGAR. "It's about time that a role like this is played by a Black woman, by somebody who is just a part of this beautiful community," she said. "We deserve to have images that look like us and to see ourselves in the media on big screens and everything. So I'm just grateful that we're getting to see ourselves finally on such big projects."
Many moviegoers have already seen Bailey's enchanting film on the big screen, which debuted worldwide on May 26. But others at home are wondering when they'll be able to watch the film from the comfort of their couches. The good news is that it will be an option for Disney+ subscribers starting in September. Ahead, read everything we know about when "The Little Mermaid" starts streaming.
When Does "The Little Mermaid" Start Streaming?
Per Disney+, "The Little Mermaid" will be available to stream on the platform starting on Sept. 6.
Is the Original "The Little Mermaid" Streaming?
If you're itching to go back and watch the animated "The Little Mermaid" — which starred Jodi Benson as the voice of Ariel — it's currently available on Disney+. Additionally, you can stream some of its sequel movies as well, along with ABC's "The Little Mermaid Live!" which stars "Moana" lead Auli'i Cravalho as Ariel.