It’s Not Just Another Remake: ‘The Little Mermaid Live!’ Announced The Cast And We Can’t Wait To Go ‘Under The Sea’ To Watch

Apart from the live-action movie remake starring Halle Bailey, The Wonderful World of Disney, is bringing The Little Mermaid to TV in partnership with ABC in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the animated movie. 

Disney is celebrating ‘The Little Mermaid’s 30 years with a live musical on ABC.

Disney is about to rule the big and silver screens by bringing back the teenage ocean princess and children’s classic “The Little Mermaid”. The ‘Live’ musical show will air in November, according to ABC and it will be fairly different to any Live shows you might’ve seen before, such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again. It’s set to feature live musical performances from the cast actually woven in between a broadcast of the original movie. ‘The Little Mermaid Live!’ is being hailed as a “never-before-seen hybrid format” that will “feature beautifully intricate sets and costumes, with music from the original.” It’s a bit hard to picture how that might work out, but we’re definitely looking forward to it.

Starlet Auli’i Cravalho, who voiced another Disney princess before, will bring Ariel to life on TV.

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If you’re a Disney fan, the voice of this ‘little mermaid’ will be very familiar. Auli’i Cravalho has played another Disney character before. She gave life to the Polynesian explorer Moana in 2016. The Hawaiian native is the youngest actress to ever voice a Disney princess. Cravalho’s acting chops and singing skills made the movie a huge hit, and she then topped it off with an amazing Oscar performance to prove she’s a very complete starlet who can perform live just as mind-blowingly, as she can voice characters for the screen and we can’t wait to see her as every 90s kid’s favorite mermaid.

Ursula will be played by none other than Queen Latifah.

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The young starlet will be joined by one of the most menacing and terrifyingly fun Disney Villains, Ursula, who will be played by none other than Queen Latifah. When news broke, of Latifah’s casting, the singer revealed she was “excited” to take on the role of the sea witch. “Fortunately I know a little magic,” Latifah wrote on Instagram. “Excited to be a part of The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live!

Graham Phillips will play, His Royal Highness Prince Eric.

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Every little girl’s platonic love, Prince Eric, will be played by Graham Phillips from The Good Wife. The 26-year-old does seem like the perfect fit to bring the dreamy, blue-eyed prince to life. Graham is a musical theater veteran who first rose to fame in Broadway’s 13 back in 2008, in which Jason Robert Brown famously only cast teenagers.

John Stamos plays eccentric crustacean hunting cook Chef Louis.

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Our beloved Uncle Jesse will have a small but mighty role bringing the zealous french cook to life. Stamos is no stranger to the part though, he played the Frenchman before at a Hollywood Bowl performance. We’re very excited to hear the self-proclaimed Disney super fan play the crazy chef complete with the ‘Hee, hee, hee- ha, ha, HAW!’ number we all loved growing up. 

Jamaican-accented advisor to the King, Sebastian will be played by Shaggy.

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Jamaican dancehall legend Shaggy, will be playing the overly-anxious and over-protective crab, Sebastian. Shaggy broke the news via Instagram in two posts, “#TheLittleMermidLive swims to November 5 with Shaggy as Sebastian, @auliicravalho as Ariel and @queenlatifah as Ursula,” he wrote as a caption for the first post. Jamaicans immediately responded with glee, with some fans seemingly thinking he was cast for the actual film. Sebastian will finally have an authentic accent now… hurrah!

The director of ABC assured the press that the TV version will be distinctly different from the feature film.

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Karey Burke, ABC president, said The Little Mermaid Live! will “seamless[ly] interweave” live musical performances with clips from the animated film and puppetry. “It’s unlike anything that any other musical has done”. She also assured fans the musical event would not take away from the live-action remake slated to be released sometime next year. “Ours is distinctly different from the feature film.”

You can watch The Little Mermaid Live! on ABC, ABC.com, on the ABC app— from your smartphone or tablet—and through other streaming devices, including Roku, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire TV. It will air on Tuesday, November 5 at 8 p.m./7c.

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