Based on the 1837 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale rather than the 1989 Disney movie, this film follows a young girl who discovers a beautiful, enchanting woman who she believes is the real “Little Mermaid.”
The girl’s older brother Cam is a reporter, and travels with his sister to a small town in Mississippi to find the “mermaid” in question, who is played by Downton Abbey‘s Poppy Drayton.
The mermaid is seen swimming in a circus tank, but there’s no indication that she washed up on the shore (like Disney’s Ariel).
Drayton is also a brunette, not a redhead, a major deviation from the Disney storyline.
Shirley MacLaine is featured in the trailer as a mysterious woman with special knowledge of the Little Mermaid’s story. (Of course, at this point, no one is sure of the pair’s relationship.)
The trailer for this new live-action The Little Mermaid premiered on Deadline and many people on social media have deemed it “awful.”
The little mermaid trailer looks awful
— Becca (@LocomotorM0rtis) March 10, 2017
Did anyone see the trailer for the new live-action Little Mermaid?? It's on YouTube. But it's not even being produced by Disney 😤
— 🔔 A Christmas Carol-yn Bianco 🔔 (@honestlycarolyn) March 10, 2017
Soooo disappointed, The Little Mermaid trailer is trash. I had such high hopes 😭
— crystal guadalupe (@crystalnt2clear) March 10, 2017
— Colin Joliat (@Boozist) March 10, 2017
I just saw a trailer for a live action version of The Little Mermaid and it's definitely no Disney movie. It was weird.
— jasmyn (@jasmyntwo) March 10, 2017
The comments section is turned off on the YouTube version of the trailer, possibly in anticipation of the die-hard fans.
The Little Mermaid will be in theatres this summer.
Check out the trailer in the video, above.