little-mermaid

First trailer for The Little Mermaid is here - and it might not be what you expect!

Emmy Griffiths

A trailer for a brand new adaptation of The Little Mermaid is here – but it isn't the story we all know and love! In the new adaptation, a reporter (played by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe's William Moseley) is sent to debunk a rumour that there is a real-life mermaid at a carnival, and takes his younger sister (Loreto Peralta) along for the trip.

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Although there are currently adaptations of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale in the works from both Disney and Universal, the upcoming release hails from Conglomerate Media and Kingsway Productions, and has divided fan opinion. One commented on the video for the trailer: "It's not bad it looks interesting but it's nothing like the Disney one which kinda ruins it for me." Another added: "Beauty and the Beast and now The Little Mermaid… My little Disney heart is so happy."

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The live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, will be released in the UK on 17 March. Speaking about how the character of Belle has been updated for a modern audience, Emma explained to Entertainment Weekly: "In the animated movie, it’s her father who is the inventor, and we actually co-opted that for Belle. I was like, 'Well, there was never very much information or detail at the beginning of the story as to why Belle didn’t fit in, other than she liked books. Also what is she doing with her time?' So, we created a backstory for her, which was that she had invented a kind of washing machine, so that, instead of doing laundry, she could sit and use that time to read instead. So, yeah, we made Belle an inventor."