Fifteen Test Positive for COVID-19 Delta Variant on Set of “The Little Mermaid” Live-Action Remake

While vaccinations are readily available in the United States, in other parts of the world the COVID-19 pandemic continues to remain a serious threat. We have learned that one of Disney’s productions has been affected.


According to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, fifteen people have already tested positive for the Delta variant of COVID-19 on the set of the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, being filmed in Sardinia. The tests were confirmed positive for the variant by the AOU Sassari’s microbiology and virology laboratory.

Back in December, Disney announced casting for the upcoming film as part of their Investor Day presentation, which includes Halle Bailey as Ariel, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, and Awkwafina as Scuttle. It’s unclear if any of the actors were among those who tested positive.

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