Love it or hate it, Disney is going through a total live-action phase right now that's basically making us all relive the '90s. Next up? A remake of the 1989 film The Little Mermaid. In case you somehow forgot the plot, it's the one where mermaid Princess Ariel trades her voice for a pair of legs in order to woo the gorge Prince Eric. But this version will be directed by Rob Marshall, who also directed Mary Poppins Returns...and will obviously have real-life human beings. If you're more excited for this movie than Ariel was to find that old fork, here's what you need to know.
Who's in it?
It's probably safe to assume this is a Lion King scenario that will include lots of wild CGI and the actors will not be expected to dress as sea creatures. Anyway...putting the "fin" in Awkwafina, the Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean's Eight actress will be part of this seaside story as Scuttle the seagull. The part was originally voiced by Buddy Hackett, and I am so here for this gender-flipper casting.
Jacob Tremblay, aka the kid in Room, will be playing Ariel's BFF Flounder.
Two-time Oscar nominee and comedy superstar Melissa McCarthy is apparently in talks to play Ursula the sea witch. This news has received a mixed reaction online, including a tweet from Lizzo, who put her own name into the ring a few months ago with a full-on purple rendition of "Poor Unfortunate Souls."
Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel. You may recognize her as Sky from Grown-ish or from her pop duo Chloe X Halle or from the intense Twitter casting discussion. The announcement has already sparked a ton of super-cute fan artwork:
According to the Hollywood Reporter, there was a tiny lil chance that our future Prince Eric might be none other than Harry Styles. Now, the prince doesn't actually sing anything in the OG film, but (a) Eric got some tunes in the Broadway musical version and (b) Harry became famous for singing in that niche indie band One Direction, so this would have been incredible. Unfortunately, it's not happening.
According to Variety, our new Prince Eric is a newcomer! Jonah Hauer King will play everyone's fave blue-eyed Disney character. Honestly, he looks EXACTLY like Prince Eric, so this casting is pretty spot on.
I mean, Look! At! Those! Dimples! He is truly the real-life version of Prince Eric.
The Hollywood Reporter then gave us even more casting news by confirming that Javier Bardem is in talks to play King Triton, Ariel's dad and general king of the oceans. The Spanish actor won an Oscar for playing a killer in No Country for Old Men, so it's nice to see he might be brightening things up a tad. Or Javier might stay with his villain typecast and this whole thing is about to get a lot more scary.
Will the songs be the same?
The film will feature some of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's songs from the OG film (reminder: it won Oscars for Best Original Music and Best Original Song for "Under the Sea"). However, Lin-Manuel Miranda will be collaborating with Alan for some new songs. Given how many bangers are in Hamilton and Moana, it's going to be bomb.
When can I see it?
Unfortunately, Disney hasn't provided an official release date yet. Production and filming are currently rumored to start in April 2020. This post will be updated as soon as more mermaid-y information is available!
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.