The Little Mermaid director Rob Marshall discusses bringing back the original Ariel for the live action remake.
The Little Mermaid is in cinemas and IMAX from 26 May.
ROXY SIMONS: You also obviously bring back Jodie Benson for a lovely cameo of new and old Ariel. And--
ROB MARSHALL: She's an old friend of mine.
ROXY SIMONS: Oh, nice. I was wondering--
ROB MARSHALL: I've known her for a long time. In fact, I directed her in the late '80s, or early '90s, in a production of Chess, that toured in America. And so, we have this deep connection and have known her for a long time. And she's just-- she's very special.
And she embraced the casting of Ariel, with Halle, immediately, which is very moving to me too, because it's hers. And-- but she knows that there's room for other interpretations. Like a great opera or a great play, you can infuse it with so many different interpretations. And so, she's really special to me.
ROXY SIMONS: That moment was really great.
ROB MARSHALL: It's fun if she passes the fork, you know. So what you have is you have-- it's kind of-- we saw it. It was actually our-- already had been written. But we were looking for a place for Jodie. And we thought, wait, wait wait. She passes-- it's like almost passing the torch. It's quite lovely.