Due to COVID-19, production of Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid was halted. Filming was delayed until summer 2020 and then delayed again until January 2021.
Javier Bardem, who is playing King Triton, has now confirmed the film has officially started filming at Pinewood Studios in Iver, England.
In an interview with Columbia’s Diary, El Tiempo, Bardem shared what it is like filming during a pandemic.
“Well, it’s affecting because there’s nothing more than being on the hotel, then go to work… From work to the hotel, because that’s what should be done… All protocols are exhaustive, there’s a lot of care when they’re doing the tests every day, with the number of people on the set, which is considerably big. There’s a lot of protocols and honestly I feel safe. Other thing is when you leave the set, in my case I go home, same as the other production members, but I think that if all things are done properly, it could totally be a safe place.”
Halle Bailey will play as Ariel, Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Melissa McCarthy as the Sea Witch Ursula, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, and Awkwafina as Scuttle.
Director Rob Marshall is set to direct and said that the film will feature music from the 1989 animated classic as well as four brand-new songs.
No release date has been announced.