Inspired by the 1837 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale rather than the 1989 Disney movie, this fantasy-adventure film follows a young girl who discovers a beautiful, enchanting woman she believes to be the real “Little Mermaid” of lore. William Moseley (“The Royals”) stars as Cam Harrison, a young reporter following a big story about a Mermaid, Poppy Drayton (“Downton Abbey”), and a magic healing water said to cure all. Together with his sick niece Elle, Loreto Peralta (“Instructions Not Included”), they travel to a small town in Mississippi and uncover a legend that’s as mysterious as the circus they find it in. The film also includes Academy Award Winner Shirley MacLaine, (“The Last Word,”) Gina Gershon, (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) and Armando Gutierrez, (“Walt Before Mickey.”)
However, I had the exciting opportunity to preview it prior to its opening day. What an INCREDIBLE movie about a little girl named Elle who believes to have met a real life Mermaid while journeying through Mississippi with her journalist father and could help cure her illness.
The Little Mermaid movie was Directed by Blake Harris, inspired by the 1837 Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale starring the stunning British actress, Poppy Drayton and one of Hollywood’s most promising talents, William Moseley.
Check out The Little Mermaid trailer!
A few fun facts…
- There is a MERMAID THEME PARK, it’s true! Check it out: https://weekiwachee.com
- Robert Molloy told us that among the projects the Steinbrenner Organization has in the works, there is a biopic of legendary ballplayer, Lou Gehrig.
- Poppy mentioned she was in Greece shooting See You Soon.
- And Blake told us about his next project, also with Armando Gutierrez, Jr., Anastasia.
We asked: The first thing I was curious about from Blake and Robert primarily how did you guys come in to come to this script and decide to make this film.
Blake: Yeah well this is Blake. I had always wanted to do a mermaid movie and I had been in touch with the other producer, Armando, and I guess he had a connection with Rob, right Rob?
Robert: He met you. They were talking about putting together this kind of family film they didn’t really know yet what topic they wanted to explore. And I guess you guys fell in love with it. Yeah with them or with the project … I believe Rob had another movie you were focusing on at the time about Gehrig; a biopic. Little Mermaid came to my attention …. that I should read the script and you know it’s great. And I read it and then I just fell in love with it right. There’s a great story and it’s true to the book.
Blake: And you know it kind of just took a life of its own after that. And you know I always loved kind of telling these big aspirational stories where you know that the eve of the world the needs of the world just looking at it from a kid’s point of view what kind of adventure you could go on if you meet something that is you know something that you believe to not exist but yet it really does. And that was kind of the beginning point. I think that was the part that a lot of people kind of rallied around and you know the fact that there aren’t a lot of family films outside of Disney and outside of the big superhero movies like Will was talking about earlier you know. So it was kind of right time right place and things just kind of all came together.
Poppy: Well I got an e-mail from my agent and I read the script and I immediately fell in love with it. I thought it was a beautiful story and there was so many really whimsical magical moments in it that captured my imagination and as soon as I finished it I called my agent and went “I’d love to be in it” and it was like instant and then we just flew out and I joined the team and that was it really and the rest went from there.
William: Yeah it was a very similar experience for me. I read the script and instantly I knew. I was fortunate enough that I started my career with the Chronicles of Narnia franchise and I felt that the story had a lot of similarity in the fact that it’s a little girl with her belief in this mermaid. And you know there was these magical elements to it and you know I felt there were dynamics and there were story elements that were very similar that I had that I felt that I could play. And so I called my manager and I said I really want to do this. We want to be a part of the story. Rob and Blake then brought me onto the film and I think the script speaks for itself. We all fell in love with it and that was really Blake’s vision and on his story that has made this film what it is.
This is the part that really cracks me up…
AJ: Poppy, Blake just mentioned a story about getting your visa… we would love to hear that.
Poppy: I think that we had \some issues with my visa so I wasn’t I wasn’t able to make it out early and I think everyone said that it can’t go well and it might not have been as good of a story.
Blake: But on our side when we were all there eagerly awaiting her arrival and we had to actually rearrange scenes and push back because the visa had not been approved quick enough, there was a moment we were like really scared! Yeah, we were making a mermaid movie without a mermaid until she until she did show up. And then you know everything just seemed like it came it came to light.
AJ: There’s the headline, everybody! The mermaid movie that almost didn’t have a mermaid.
Can you imagine that? I almost died laughing!