First-look of Disney's The Little Mermaid Ariel and Eric's relationship in the upcoming live-action movie

Fans are treated to the first glimpse of the fairytale couple

Eric and Ariel in Disney The Little Mermaid movie
(Image credit: Disney)

Fans have been given the first-look of Disney The Little Mermaid's Ariel and Eric's relationship in the upcoming live-action movie.

The movie theatre spectacular is set to hit screens in the UK and US on 26th May 2023 and while fans have already started wondering who plays Ursula in the new Little Mermaid? they have been treated to a glimpse of the leading couple in action.

Jonah Hauer-King's Prince Eric and Halle Bailey's Ariel have been pictured together as a series of movie stills are released ahead of the movie coming out.

Plus new character, Queen Selina, played by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child star Noma Dumezweni, makes her debut ad Prince Erics mom.

Speaking of the lovebirds, Noma Dumezweni, said, "It's this sense of the babies being two outsiders of their origin story and then finding each other... There's that sense of, 'We recognize each other when we know what each other's been through."

Halle Bailey and Jonah Hauer-King as Ariel and Eric in Disney The Little Mermaid movie

(Image credit: Disney)

The series of images show the couple in various scenes from a raging storm to, laying washed up on the beach to Ariel having lost her mermaid tail from a time when she has made her transition from sea to land. 

The stills give fans an added insight into their relationship following on from the official trailer in which fans got to see the couple's chemistry with Bailey humming the iconic ‘Part of Your World.'

And that's not all, as part of a new Disney toy line, fans will be able to get their dose of mermaid magic with Mattel’s carefully crafted products inspired by the characters from the film, including Halle Bailey’s portrayal of Ariel, featuring her signature mermaid tail, as well as products inspired by character’s Ursula, King Triton and Prince Eric, and Ariel’s six sisters.  

Fans will be able to replay their favorite moments from the film with new playsets inspired by Ariel’s Grotto or sing along to Part of Your World with the new Sing & Dream Ariel Doll by Mattel. 

Halle Bailey and Jonah Hauer-King as Ariel and Eric in Disney Little Mermaid live-action movie

(Image credit: Disney)

The brand-new collection inspired by the all-new film contains everything for fans young and old, with magical dress-up costumes from Disguise, new Little Mermaid LEGO brick sets (available from May 2023), Funko Pop! new finds from shopDisney, and more.

Disney's Little Mermaid Live Action Movie is out 26th May 2023.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer for, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life with more than 16 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including baby news, weddings, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.