Disney’s The Little Mermaid is the next film to get the live action reboot action. With relative newcomer Halle Bailey playing Ariel, fans are wondering what the film will be like in the end. One big question has emerged in their quest – will the movie be filmed underwater?
At the moment, it is hard to know given production has not begun.
HN Entertainment reported production would begin in April 2020, with some voiceover work starting as early as January this year.
As well as this, insiders told the publication Disney was in April 2019 looking at locations to film the project which included some very coastal regions.
Locations in the running included the Cayman Islands, South Africa, Maro, La Cala, Torre del Mar, Almayate, Chilches, Benajarafe, and Torrox.
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Little Mermaid reboot Will actors be under water?
All of these various islands are, well, very coastal indeed, meaning it looks as though water is going to be a huge part of the filming.
The publication also reported Scuttle, the seagull characters being voiced by Awkwafina, has been made a diving bird rather than a land-based one, so it can take part in underwater scenes.
This seems quite likely, therefore, the movie will take place underwater, with some scenes likely to be shot with water involved.
If the team go down the realistic route, and the actors have the lung capacity of Tom Cruise, this could mean performing underwater.
Melissa McCarthy is playing Ursula in The Little Mermaid
However, HN Entertainment also reported the visual effects supervisor on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Tim Burk, had been hired to cast a watchful eye over the visuals for the underwater world.
With the actors also expected to sing underwater, with music provided by Lin-Manuel Miranda and the composer of the original movie Alan Menken, it seems unlikely they will shoot these scenes without some help from the visual effects team.
Whether the film will be shot entirely with CGI is yet to be seen, and given the dreamy locations scouted, it is likely there will be some underwater work from actors.
However, it is most likely the majority of the work will be done using VFX, but until filming begins it will be hard to know for sure.
Daveed Diggs voices Sebastian in The Little Mermaid
Who is in the cast of The Little Mermaid?
Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel, making her the first black version of the character.
Her casting caused some controversy, but it quickly died down as other stars were announced, including Awkwafina as Scuttle and Room’s Jacob Tremblay as Flounder.
Daveed Diggs of Hamilton fame will voice Ariel’s trusty crustacean friend Sebastian, and fans went wild with the recent announcement of Melissa McCarthy as the frightening sea-witch Ursula.
Awkwafina voices the seagull Scuttle in The Little Mermaid
Prince Eric will be plays by Jonah Hauer-King, while reports have suggests Javier Bardem could take on the role as King Triton.
At the moment, the release date as not been confirmed, but shooting dates are reported as being from April to August 2020.
With this being said, if VFX and CGI are involved there will be a great deal of post-production work to do on the film, meaning it will likely not be until Christmas 2021 when fans will get to see the film.
The Little Mermaid release date will be revealed soon – so fans should keep an eye on Express.co.uk for updates.