To celebrate the release of The Little Mermaid, the latest big-screen remake from Disney, we sat down with some of the cast and creatives to find out more about the hugely-anticipated new film.

In the hands of visionary filmmaker Rob Marshall, “The Little Mermaid,” is an intimate story set against an epic backdrop, including a stunningly beautiful, photorealistic world under the sea. Ambitious in scale, but grounded in reality, the big-screen musical features a brilliantly talented all-star cast, including Halle Bailey as Ariel, Jonah Hauer-King as Eric, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Awkwafina as Scuttle, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Noma Dumezweni as The Queen, Art Malik as Sir Grimsby, with Javier Bardem as King Triton and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula.

First up, we chat with Melissa McCarthy and Javier Bardem about the pressures of making a new version of the film, the lure of their characters, why the film and its story still resonates with audiences, underwater acting, and what roles they would swap with each other from their careers. Next, we chat to Rob Marshall about the four-year odyssey to bring the film to life, what his previous Disney experiences taught him to take into this film, the lure of the story and its long-lasting impact, and if he’s keen to do something smaller for his next film. And, finally, we chat to legendary composer/songmaster Alen Menken about returning to the film, re-recording with new voices, his thoughts on the film’s legacy, and whether we will ever see that Little Shop of Horrors remake…

You can watch the full interviews below:

The Little Mermaid is in UK cinemas on Friday May 26th.