Little Mermaid Cast – Halle Bailey, half of the musical duo Chloe and Halle, has been casting of R&B singer Halle Bailey as Ariel in a live-action version of remake of The Little Mermaid.
Little Mermaid Cast:
Disney has declared 19-year-old actress and singer Halle Bailey will star as the lead Ariel in the film. Halle Bailey tweeted a cartoon image of the princess in which the traditionally red-headed Ariel has dark skin, brown eyes and black hair, captioned, “dream come true”. Filming is expected to start next year, but the reaction to her casting is already in full swing.
Halle is one half of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle and who is signed to Beyoncé’s record label, Parkwood Entertainment.
Melissa McCarthy is reportedly in talks with the production to play sea witch Ursula. Jacob Tremblay is set to voice Ariel’s fish sidekick, Flounder.
Awkwafina, who starred in Ocean’s 8 is in talks to play Ariel’s seagull friend, Scuttle.
Little Mermaid is scheduled for an Autumn 2020 release.
Prince Eric, Sebastian the Crab, and King Triton are also yet to be announced.
Little Mermaid’s Ariel Is Halle Bailey:
Disney offical twitter account posted, “Just Announced: Halle Bailey has been cast in the upcoming live-action reimagining of The Little Mermaid.”
“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,” says Marshall.
Halle Bailey will play Ariel in The Little Mermaid.
A Twitter user commented, “I am FUMING that they cast Halle Bailey as Ariel for the live action little mermaid. She was the only original Disney Princess with red hair like me when I was young.” Another user wrote, “I want Ariel to be white… no hate to my skin or nth… But that’s how I’ve seen her since I was born.. white girl, red hair, green tail… this must be a joke!”
Actress Halle Berry, the first black actress to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. Black people on Twitter, meanwhile, celebrated the bold decision of Disney.
Rob Marshell, director the movie, spent the last few months scouting for talent to play the role of Ariel, and said, “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.”
In case you needed a reminder… Halles get it DONE. Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you do! #TheLittleMermaid #HalleBailey pic.twitter.com/z0Rik2nxRe
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) July 3, 2019
— Disney (@Disney) July 3, 2019