Halle Bailey, Melissa McCarthy join 'The Little Mermaid' case for big splash in Hollywood premiere of live-action film version

“The Little Mermaid” hits theaters Friday, May 26.

Tuesday, May 9 2023 06.38

HOLLYWOOD — The new live-action version of “The Little Mermaid” is expected to make big waves at the box office and the cast and crew celebrated their reimagined movie at its world premiere Monday in Hollywood.

Halle Bailey said she was excited to jump into the title role and the gravity of the moment was not lost on the starlet.

“This moment means a lot to me. I feel so inspired, grateful and honored,” said Bailey.

Melissa McCarthy takes over as the evil sea witch Ursula, made famous in this animated film by Pat Carroll.

“She was glamorous, she was glamorous and broad and wasn't afraid to speak her mind,” McCarthy said. “It's not always a good decision. I think he misunderstood.”

Like most of us, Awkwafina, who voices “Scuttle,” has watched the original 1989 animated film time and time again.

“I was a huge fan of the original,” he said. “One of my favorite scenes is Dinglehopper with Scuttle. It's just an honor.”

This reimagining of the Disney animated classic gave rise to some curious celebrities who didn't want to wait for opening day to see it.

That includes Jodi Benson, the actress who voiced Ariel in the original film.

“It's a dream to be here 37 years later, really,” said Benson. “Our little movie that changed animation years ago. It's magic.”

“The Little Mermaid” hits theaters Friday, May 26.

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