Disney made a huge announcement about its live-action remake of The Little Mermaid this week. After an extensive search, Halle Bailey, one half of the singing duo Chloe x Halle, was announced for the lead role of Ariel.
The news of Beyonce’s protege nabbing the role came with immediate shock and glee, but director Rob Marshall quickly made it clear that Bailey’s talent made her clear front runner for the iconic role. “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,” Marshall said in a statement.
The announcement of the Grown-ish star’s role in the film comes after Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina and Melissa McCarthy’s castings. This will mark Bailey’s first feature film debut and will be the perfect introduction to the world after letting the world know of her and sister Chloe Bailey’s musical talents.
Disney’s live-action take will include original songs from the 1989 animated hit as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda is also producing the film along with Marshall, Marc Platt, and John DeLuca.