Disney shares first look at ‘Little Mermaid’ Halle Bailey singing, ‘Lion King’ prequel ‘Mufasa’

ANAHEIM, Calif. – “The Little Mermaid” is swimming and singing again.

Disney unveiled the first teaser trailer for the live-action version of the 1989 animated film, showing Halle Bailey’s mermaid Ariel singing “Part of Your World,” at the Disney fan expo D23 on Friday. The remake is expected in theaters on May 26, 2023.

The footage features Bailey singing underwater in full mermaid mode and brought a loud ovation from the crowd.

Director Rob Marshall called Bailey’s performance “a tour de force.”

“It’s the range of what Halle brings, full and emotional and so joyful and fighter. You see all the sides of her,” Marshall said.

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Marshall said there would be four new songs in the movie from the team of Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda – the first time the duo have collaborated together.

“And it’s magical,” Marshall added.

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‘Mufasa’: Disney shares a first look at the live-action ‘Lion King’ prequel

Mufasa (seen with young Simba) is getting an origin story in “The Lion King” prequel “Mufasa.”

“Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins revealed the first look at “Mufasa: The Lion King” at the expo.

In the original “Lion King,” Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones) is king of the Pride Lands, father of Simba, and mate of Sarabi.

The new live-action prequel to 2019’s “Lion King” is the “origin story of one of the greatest kings of the Pride Lands,” Jenkins said. “This is the story of how Mufasa found his way into the Circle of Life.”

Jenkins showed brief footage of young Mufasa, an orphan, surviving a great flood and growing into an adult. The film hits theaters in 2024.

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Winona Ryder join ‘Haunted Mansion’

(LR) Jamie Lee Curtis and Justin Simien roll onstage during D23 Expo 2022.

(LR) Jamie Lee Curtis and Justin Simien roll onstage during D23 Expo 2022.

Just when you thought Jamie Lee Curtis would get away from bloody horrors, the “Halloween” star joins Disney’s movie “The Haunted Mansion.”

Directed by Justin Simien, who was a summer employee at the famous spooky Disneyland attraction, the comedy follows single mom Gabbie (Rosario Dawson) who purchases a suspiciously affordable New Orleans mansion. Of course it turns out to be haunted.

Simien showed the first trailer with Owen Wilson portraying a priest, Tiffany Haddish a psychic, Danny Devito a historian and Lakeith Stanfield a paranormal expert.

The trailer revealed Winona Ryder, Hasan Minhaj, and Dan Levy in cameo roles. Simien confirmed that the movie will feature Jared Leto as the Hatbox Ghost and a mystery actress as Madame Leota, the floating head inside a crystal ball in the séance room.

The suspense over who will play Madame Leota was over quickly. Simien introduced the “queen of scary movies” as Curtis rolled onstage in her own Doom Buggy to announce the surprise casting.

“Okay, that was fun,” Curtis wrote on Instagram later.

Nearly 20 years ago, Disney attempted to adapt the theme park attraction with the 2003 Eddie Murphy film “The Haunted Mansion,” which scared off movie-goers and spooked critics.

‘Disenchanted,’ Amy Adams’ ‘Enchanted’ sequel, gets a first trailer

Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Idina Menzel and Maya Rudolph appeared on the Disney stage to reveal details and a first trailer for “Disenchanted,” the follow-up to 2007’s fairy-tale homage “Enchanted,” coming to Disney+ on Nov. . 24.

Adams’ Gisele is now a mother of two, including an infant. Rudolph plays her screen rival.

“It’s not easy being mean to Amy Adams, but we had fun being nasty to each other,” said Rudolph from the stage.

Gal Gadot loved getting evil in ‘Snow White’

Rachel Zegler (left) and Gal Gadot play Snow White and the Evil Queen respectively in Disney's upcoming live-action reboot.

Rachel Zegler (left) and Gal Gadot play Snow White and the Evil Queen respectively in Disney’s upcoming live-action reboot.

Gal Gadot, who plays the Evil Queen, and “West Side Story” star Rachel Zegler, as Snow White, appeared at D23 to discuss the live-action version of “Snow White” coming to theaters in 2024.

“Wonder Woman” star Gadot said it was a thrill to switch sides and play one of the most iconic screen villains of all time.

“I’m used to playing the other end. But getting under her skin and stepping into the shoes was so delightful, I enjoyed it so much,” Gadot said. “I was so much in that character. And it was so not me. I loved the fact I could go cuckoo and stretch myself.”

Zegler said her Snow White is “definitely made for the modern age” as she discovers “herself and her inner voice.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ‘The Little Mermaid’ Halle Bailey sings as Ariel in Disney’s trailer

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