Eager fans are finally getting a first look at the cast of ABC’s upcoming live adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
In case you’ve been living under a rock without internet service, fans of Disney’s classic animated film The Little Mermaid are invited back under the sea for a live musical event that is set to air in early November.
The special event is part of Disney’s 30th anniversary celebration of the animated classic and will feature live musical performances from a star-studded cast interwoven into the broadcast of the original animated film. Expect to be wowed with intricate live sets and beautiful costumes. Songs from both the original 1989 film and the Tony-nominated Broadway stage adaptation will be featured.
Auli’i Cravalho is seen donning a purple ensemble, and has Ariel’s signature red tresses and eyebrows. This will be her second time as a Disney princess. The actress and singer made her acting debut when she famously voiced Moana in Disney’s animated feature film of the same name.
Prince Eric will be played by actor and singer Graham Phillips, who is perhaps best known for his roles as Zach Florrick on the TV series The Good Wife and Nick St. Clair on Riverdale. He has also spent some time on stage with the New York City Opera, Metropolitan Opera, and on Broadway.
The first look also featured John Stamos, who will be portraying Chef Louis. Stamos got on social media to let everyone know he’s excited, saying “Hee, hee, hee- ha, ha HAW! So excited to bring Chef Louis to life!” Personally, I’m pretty stoked, too. Just look at that mustache!
As previously announced back in August, Shaggy will be playing Sebastian the crab, and in the first look he is seen dressed accordingly in an all-red ensemble.
Perhaps the one I am most eager to see, though, is Queen Latifah as the flamboyant and larger-than-life sea witch Ursula. She is seen in the first look donning the villain’s white hair and gold shell necklace.
This never-before-seen hybrid format will hopefully tide fans over as Disney gears up for production of a live-action feature adaptation of the animated film, which will star Halle Bailey as Ariel. However, production is not slated to begin until early 2020.