It seems like Ariel meant what she said when she sang about wanting to be ‘part of our world’ as the Little Mermaid will be getting a live-action adaptation, and singer-actress Halle Bailey has been cast in the role of Ariel for the film.
According to Variety, director Rob Marshall said that he spent several months meeting with talents, trying to find the one most suitable to play Ariel. From the start, it seemed that Bailey was a clear front runner.
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.
This film will mark Bailey’s first foray into film. One half of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle with her sister Chloe, the pair first went viral on YouTube after their cover of Beyonce’s Pretty Hurts was discovered by the singer herself who got them signed with Parkwood Entertainment
Bailey took to Twitter to confirm the news herself, posting a photoshopped rendition of herself as Ariel.
News of the casting were met with praise on Twitter, with many commenting on the significance of casting a young black woman for the role of Ariel.
Other confirmed cast members for the live-action adaptation includes Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina, with Melissa McCarthy in talks to play Ursula.
The film will feature songs from the 1989 animated classic as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda who will also be co-producing the film alongside Marshall, Marc Platt and John DeLuca.
The Little Mermaid live-action adaption currently does not have a set release date but we do know that production for the movie is expected to begin in early 2020. Hopefully, we do not have to wait too long to venture ‘under the sea’ with Ariel and gang.