The classic fairy tale story of "The Little Mermaid" has been adapted countless times through several Broadway shows, live-action movies, and most notably through an animated film by Disney back in 1989. Now, the story written originally by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen is going to be told once again through a new indie film that is set to be released this year.
The new movie, simply titled as "The Little Mermaid," won't be a retelling of Disney's version of the story, but will be an entirely different take on the basic premise of the original fairy tale. The movie will be starring Poppy Drayton, more popularly known for her work in "Downton Abbey," as the titular character.
Instead of following Disney's version of the story, "The Little Mermaid" will be telling the story from the eyes of a young girl, played by Loreto Peralta, who travels with her reporter brother Cam, played by William Moseley, to investigate claims of an actual mermaid being kept in a small town in Mississippi. As per a report from Harper's Bazaar, the two characters soon discover the circus that keeps the mermaid, who is believed to be the real "Little Mermaid" from the fairy tales.
To create further hype for the upcoming indie film, the movie's first trailer has now officially been released, as per a report from Deadline. The trailer gives fans a glimpse of the setting for the movie, which is apparently full of magic and mystery. Fans are also given a glimpse of the movie's main antagonist, who is shown to be the circus' Ringmaster. The veteran actress Shirley MacLaine is also prominently shown in "The Little Mermaid" trailer as a woman who apparently has intimate knowledge about the mermaid.
The upcoming new live-action "The Little Mermaid" movie is directed by Blake Harris and Chris Bouchard. Jessica Steinbrenner is on board as executive producer. Swen Group is responsible for the movie's international distribution. The movie is scheduled to be released this year, but a fixed release date has yet to be announced.