The wait is finally over, Disney has found their Ariel for the studios upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
According to Variety, Chloe x Halle member Halle Bailey will play the titular character in the upcoming remake of the 1989 animated classic.
Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafinain talks to star and lend their voices to the villainous Ursula, Ariel’s best friend Flounder, and Scuttle.
Director Rob Marshall released a statement regarding the casting of Bailey.
“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,”
As of right now, there is no release date for the film. However, production is expected to begin next January. We expect to hear more news on this project at Disney’s bi-annual D23 Expo this August.
Released in 1989, Disney’s animated classic centered on a young mermaid named Ariel, who is captivated by the world upon the surface. When she falls in love with a human prince, she makes a deal with a villainous sea witch to become human, herself, and earn his love before the agreed time runs out. The movie grossed over $100 million at the US box office upon its initial release and won two Academy Awards for Best Song (“Under the Sea”) and Best Original Music Score for Alan Menken. It is credited as the film to have started the historic Disney Renaissance.