is giving viewers the classic fairytale with several modern-day tweaks. The Rob Marshall-directed musical stars Halle Bailey as the titular, headstrong princess, a drastic departure from her previous depiction that initially garnered racist backlash.But Bailey's casting is only one of the changes made to the new live-action adaptation, which also stars Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, and Javier Bardem as King Triton, with Daveed Diggs as the voice of Sebastian the crab, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, and Awkwafina as Scuttle.Here are 15 ways the remake differs from the original. [This article contains spoilers about the live-action remake of .]The most obvious difference between the animated film and the new live-action movie is Ariel herself.
When the 23-year-old singer was announced as the lead of the film in 2019, the news was met with intense racist backlash as people decried changing Ariel into a Black mermaid.
Director Rob Marshall recalled the backlash while speaking with , saying, «I didn't think that it was a big deal, casting a woman of color.
I thought, 'that's an archaic way to see the world.'»He added, «When that controversy arose, from narrow-minded people, I thought, 'Wow, that really feels like it's coming from another century.Read more on etonline.com