Universal Pictures live-action film ‘The Little Mermaid’ casting calls and auditions

Casting calls and auditions are now underway for the upcoming Universal Pictures live-action feature film The Little Mermaid.

Working Title Films is in pre-production on this live-action version of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. The casting directors are beginning to search for actresses to play the lead role of the youngest and most beautiful mermaid in the royal family, known as ‘Ariel’ in the 1989 animated Disney version of the film. All other lead and supporting roles are also being cast. Shooting will take place in London, United Kingdom beginning in early 2015. The actors cast will need to be legally eligible to work as an actor in the United Kingdom.

The Little Mermaid tells the story of a mermaid willing to make a Faustian bargain to live on land after she falls in love. Academy Award winner Sofia Coppola will direct The Little Mermaid from an adapted screenplay written by Hugo Awards winner Caroline Thompson, based on characters by Hans Christian Andersen. Previous script drafts were written by BAFTA Award nominee Kelly Marcel and Primetime Emmy Award nominee Abi Morgan. Producers are three-time Academy Award nominee Tim Bevan, four-time Academy Award nominee Eric Fellner, Christopher Awards winner Liza Chasin, and BAFTA Award nominee Robyn Slovo. Universal Pictures will handle domestic distribution.

The Little Mermaid Casting Director Information and Submission Details

All talent including children and teens must be legally eligible to work in London and the United Kingdom.

The 2014 London Actors Resource Guide eBook has the information and documents required for adults, teens, children, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in London and the United Kingdom:

• London Child Actor Information
• London Child Actor Chaperone Information
• London Bylaws on the Employment of Children
• London Child Stage Performance Application Form
• London Child Work Permit Application
• United Kingdom Foreign Actors Visa Information
• United Kingdom Entertainer Visitor Application Form
• United Kingdom Employment Application Form

In addition to the following London Actors Resources:

• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• London Casting Directors List
• London Extras Casting Directors List
• London Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• London Actors Headshot Photographers
• United Kingdom Acting Schools
• London Performers Unions and Organizations
• Miscellaneous London Actors Resources
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Casting Director and Talent Agents Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guides

All 2014 Actors Resource Guide eBook locations are available here.

Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Courtney Bright
Nicole Daniels
The Little Mermaid Casting
c/o Working Title Films
9720 Wilshire Blvd.
4th Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90212


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The casting directors address should be written in all capital letters on the solid side of the envelope, with the name of the project you are submitting for written directly above the casting directors name. IF the role that you are submitting for is available, it should also be written above the casting directors name.


“Project Name”
“Role of _______”

Extras Casting


To Be Announced

Please check back for extras casting calls.

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

The Little Mermaid Production Office
Oxford House
76 Oxford Street
London W1D 1BS
United Kingdom

Working Title Films
9720 Wilshire Blvd.
4th Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608


Tim Bevan
Liza Chasin
Robyn Slovo
Eric Fellner


Caroline Thompson


Sofia Coppola


To Be Cast


Live-action feature film Based on the classic fairy tale.

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