I maintain that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, but there’s no money to be made in that so inevitably we’re going to be getting live-action remakes for the foreseeable future.
The Little Mermaid is one that’s slated for an upcoming release, based, of course, on the original 1989 animation about a mermaid called Ariel who is fascinated with life on land and falls for a human prince. It’s peak Disney stuff.
And now the live-action remake as it’s Ariel, as 19 year-old US singer Halle Bailey has been cast as the female lead.
Director Rob Marshall has spent the past couple of months meeting potential stars, but insiders say that Halle had been a front runner from the start.
‘After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role’, Rob said in a statement.
Bailey tweeted ‘dream come true’ on Twitter in response to the news with a picture of how her animated Ariel might look like.
News of the casting was widely praised on Twitter, with many people commenting on the significance of a black woman taking on the lead:
Bailey and her older sister, Chloe, first grabbed the public’s eye with a YouTube cover of Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts.” The video, which has now racked up an impressive 16 million views, also impressed the pop megastar herself, who connected with the sisters and featured them in the Lemonade visual album.
Production of The Little Mermaid is expected to begin in early 2020. Disney says there will be more casting announcements in the coming weeks, so we will have to wait to see who will play characters like Ursula and Sebastian.
It was previously reported that Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play the role of Ursula, while rapper Lizzo also expressed interest in the role, after previously posting a video of herself dressed as Ursula last Halloween on Twitter, belting out one of the film’s numbers, Poor Unfortunate Souls.
It’s fantastic to see better representation in Hollywood and I’m sure Halle will do an incredible job.
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Halle Bailey is an actress and one half of contemporary R & B duo Chloe x Halle .
Her duo partner is her sister Chloe Bailey.
Halle Bailey is 19-years-old and was born on March 27, 2000.
Her older sister Chloe is 21-years-old and was born on July 1, 1998.
Yes, you can find her at the @chloexhalle handle, which acts as the official account for herself and sister Chloe.