Halle Bailey Lands Lead Role in “The Little Mermaid” Remake

July 05, 2019

Disney officially announced on Wednesday, 3 July, that singer Halle Bailey will star as Ariel in a live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid”.

The 19-year-old “Last Holiday” actress tweeted a still with her likeness from the 1989 animated film on the same day, with the caption: “Dream come true… [sic]”

Social media exploded with praise for the casting, noting the significance of a young black actress landing the role and representation in media.

Director Rob Marshall said: “After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle [Bailey] 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.”

Oscar-winning actress, Halle Berry, tweeted: “In case you needed a reminder … Halles get it DONE [sic]. Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you do!“

Production for the film is expected to start in April 2020.

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