The Rob Marshall-directed film is set for a Disney+ Hotstar premiere.
Three months after its theatrical release, Disney's live-action film, The Little Mermaid, is set for an OTT release. Disney+ Hotstar announced that the film featuring Halle Bailey in the titular role is set for a September 6, 2023, premiere. The Rob Marshall directorial is a musical romantic fantasy film based on the animated movie of the same name, released in 1989. Along with Halle, The Little Mermaid also features Jonah Hauer-King, Daveed Diggs, Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay, Noma Dumezweni, Art Malik, Javier Bardem, and Melissa McCarthy in pivotal roles.
While making the announcement, Disney+ shared a poster of the film with a caption stating, "Disney’s #TheLittleMermaid is making a splash at home! Stream it September 6 on Disney Plus! (sic)"
The plot of The Little Mermaid centres on the mermaid princess Ariel, who longs to experience life on land so much that she bargains with the evil sea witch Ursula in exchange for human form. In an effort to win over Prince Eric, whom she rescued from a shipwreck, Ariel gives up her voice for a pair of human legs.
Meanwhile, as per reports in ScreenRant, a music analysis of Under the Sea and Javier Bardem's rendition of Impossible Child are among the bonus materials that will accompany the OTT release of The Little Mermaid.
When the cast of the film was announced, the makers received a lot of backlash owing to the fact that a Black actor had been cast in the titular role. Earlier, during an interaction with the Guardian, when Halle was asked about the "downvoting" she received, the actor said, "The world we live in today, just being a black woman, you have a certain awareness that comes with life, in general. So I wasn’t very surprised or shocked. I think it’s just the way that you respond and move and know that inside you’re worthy, and you’re here for a reason."
She added, "Because I feel like if I had had a black mermaid, that would have been insane; that would have changed my whole perspective, my whole life, my confidence, and my self-worth. You were able to see a person who looked like you when you were young. Some people are just like, Oh, it’s whatever, because they’ve had it their whole life. It’s nothing to them. But it’s so important."
Catch up on The Little Mermaid starting September 6 on Disney+ Hotstar.