Earlier this month we revealed that Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid had added visual effects supervisor Tim Burk (Fantastic Beasts) to oversee the VFX on this world under the sea. Now, we have a production update for you.

We have learned that production on the film is slated to begin next April, with the studio looking to wrap sometime in August. However, voice work on the film could begin as early as January 2020. As of now, the studio is currently looking at locations to film the project including the Cayman Islands, South Africa, as well as Maro, La Cala, Torre del Mar, Almayate, Chilches, Benajarafe, and Torrox.

Another interesting tidbit on the project we were able to dig up is that Scuttle will not be a seagull as he appeared in the animated classic, instead Scuttle will be a diving bird so he can be in the underwater scenes.

There has been speculation that the role of Ariel in the remake was offered to Zendaya. When asked about the rumor during the Smallfoot press tour the actress simply stated: “we will see.” Lin-Manuel Mirada, who is set to team up with Alan Menken on the music for the film took to social media tease the project by simply putting a mermaid emoji, coincidently the mermaids skin color used was of color.

Another unconfirmed rumor was that music superstar Lady Gaga is high on Disney’s wish list for a role in the film. Most likely the role of Ursula.

As of right now, there is no release date for the film. We expect to hear more news on this project at Disney’s bi-annual D23 Expo this August.

Source: HNENTERTAINMENT

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Cressa
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Cressa

Lady Gaga should be Ariel at least her color would be closer to translucent. A mermaid would have translucent skin or really white skin.

Jam
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Jam

So you’re being racist? you’re saying that the character of Ariel needs to be white? It’s 2019 love, get out the past.

Katt
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Katt

Ariel has red hair and from a woman of color if she is black im gunna be pissed.

New York
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New York

There is nothing wrong with Ariel being a black woman with red hair. I can already see her being portrayed by Rihanna, Tiffany Pollard, or Kandi Burruss.

Patrick
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Patrick

Ariel is white. Stop blackwashing every hollywood film.

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Well, if you are thinking scientifically, it would be true. it would be of a more pale color. Not necessarily white, but definitely pale. As there would be no sun for melanin, unless coming to the surface. Especially if we are talking humanoid. Just a little science thrown in there. Just because of what she said, does not make her racist or that she is being as such, and shame on you for making it that way. Not everything is about race, love.

DuBarry
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DuBarry

I cannot agree more…I’ve been making this point all over the net! 😄😄

popo
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popo

as they didnt whitewash aladdin and mulan ,they shouldn’t blackwash Little Mermaid. Cinderella and Beauty and the best were very accurate.

Mia
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Mia

Why are they going to change the race of Ariel? We all grew up watching The Little Mermaid and knowing her as the red haired, white skinned mermaid that she is and now we have to change her entire identity for what? politics? that’s BS! These movies are nostalgic to the people that grew up with them, why change something that fans won’t relate to? Turning classics into live-action movies should be about bringing the classics to life as we (now adults) remember them… not changing everything about them just to fit into some political spectrum. There are so many… Read more »

DuBarry
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DuBarry

Five stars and a full house of applause!!!

Paula Byler
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Paula Byler

Use Amy Adams as Ariel. I think she should be like she is in the original. Why all these remakes???

Courtney
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Courtney

Amy Adams was never part of the Little Mermaid though ???
Not to mention Ariel is supposed to be 16, Amy Adams is in her mid 40’s, it just wouldn’t match up.

DuBarry
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DuBarry

Why not? These remakes are making the unreal somewhat real with the great art of CGI & special effects!! 😃😃 Keep them coming!!!

DuBarry
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DuBarry

Zendaya & Lady Gaga are great artists…but not for the mentioned roles here. If the emoji is any indication, Ariel would end up with blue hair which defeats the purpose of Disney bringing their animations to life with too drastic changes to the animated originals. We lovers of Ariel who grew up with this most beautiful animation prefer this live-action to be true just like in Cinderella, Beauty & the Beast and Aladdin. Ariel requires red hair, pale skin and the signature blue-eyes, which is beautifully achieved when already natural with just slight enhancements…and no this is not in any… Read more »

Andreg
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Andreg

I’m pretty sure that Disney won’t ever change a white princess to turn her into a black princess. They won’t ever say it’s racism. There’s nothing bad in being white or black. The problem is to pretend that if there’s a character whose skin is white, we have to turn it into black skin or if the character’s skin is black, turn it into white skin. It’s stupid. That only demonstrates the hipocrecy of people.

Asia Velazquez
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Asia Velazquez

It is just a play they’re not changing the damn movie. Zendaya looks way better and is a damn good actress. I mean I have no clue who the other girl is but yeah. And if yall want to talk science, mermaids aren’t even real and they have some darker mermaids in the film. Yall talking bout a movie with talking crabs and fish and a half woman half octopus. Get over yourselves. You guys have to make everything about race but what about their own skills. Smh yall really grown ass people arguing about a role in a child’s… Read more »

William Smith
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William Smith

With all my respects, Disney choosing Halle Bailey is wrong. She is very beautiful and talented, but she not like the original cartoon. Is like I will be upset see a Emma Watson as Princess Tiana. I know the most of Disney princesses are white and maybe Disney are trying be more sympathize with the black community. If that the case, I suggest to make new princesses like Tiana, but not change the existing one. Want to see someone like Ariel?, look @JBunzie (https://www.instagram.com/jbunzie) and tell me if this girl don’t look like it. My point is using non accurate… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

Production on The Little Mermaid may Begin Production in 2019 because Aladdin andThe Lion king are doing so well at the boxoffice.