HN Entertainment has been able to confirm that Disney’s next animation to live-action adaptation The Little Mermaid will indeed primarily shooting at Pinewood Studios UK in Buckinghamshire, England (just outside of London).

Something we had assumed for months.

This would see both Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness and The Little Mermaid use those stages next year.

Director Rob Marshall has reportedly been using the facility to screen-test actors for the role of Prince Eric.

In Disney’s beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter.

Here is what the cast looks like so far.

  • Halle Bailey as Princess Ariel 
  • Melissa McCarthy as Ursula The Sea Witch
  • Javier Bardem as King Triton
  • Awkwafina as Scuttle
  • Daveed Diggs as Sebastian The Crab
  • Jacob Tremblay as Flounder 

Previous live-action Disney productions shot at Pinewood include Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Mary Poppins Returns, Dumbo, The Nutcracker and The Four Realms, Cinderella, Muppets Most Wanted, Maleficent, and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

Emma Stone’s Cruella, a prequel to 101 Dalmations, is currently filming at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England.

The most recent productions shot at the facility include Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, No Time To Die, Black Widow, and Eternals.

Disney has had some stellar success in 2018 with the releases of The Lion King and Aladdin both surpassing the billion-dollar mark. They’re not slowing down anytime soon as they have live-action adaptations of Pinocchio (Robert Zemeicks in talks to direct) and Snow White (from Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb) along with a sequel to The Jungle Book from director Jon Favreau.

A live-action version of Mulan is also coming but is reportedly undergoing four months’ worth of reshoots, which could mean a delay in the release date.

The studio has yet to give The Little Mermaid an official release date.


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