Prince Eric Will Be Much Different in the Live-Action ‘The Little Mermaid’ Compared to the Animated Classic

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Prince Eric Will Be Much Different in the Live-Action 'The Little Mermaid' Compared to the Animated Classic

We’ve known for some time that Disney’s Live-Action ‘The Little Mermaid’ will not just be a retelling of the original 1989 animated film, and now the film’s director has shared that Prince Eric will be getting an upgrade (and a better personality) in the upcoming movie. Director Rob Marshall recently spoke with EW about the new movie and shared how this story will feature a modern woman and her true love who will have his own story to tell.

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“The role of Eric in the animated film — I’m sure the original creators would agree with this — it’s a wooden, classic prince character with not a lot going on,” the director says. “There’s a whole story that’s developed in our film. He has a mother, a queen, that’s new to the film. He has a very similar trajectory in a way to Ariel. He doesn’t feel like it’s where he fits in, his world.”

Marshall added, “These two kindred spirits find each other and really teach the world about prejudice and about breaking down barriers and walls between these two worlds.”

Related: Jodi Benson is excited for Halle Bailey’s Live Action Little Mermaid

Disney’s The Little Mermaid (2023) is scheduled to premiere in theaters on May 26. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Company for updates and all things Disney!



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