Disney Casts Halle Bailey as Ariel for Live-Action “The Little Mermaid”

Chloe x Halle member Halle Bailey is taking things under the sea.

The R&B singer has been tapped to play Ariel in Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.

According to Disney:

“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,” Director Rob Marshall said in a statement.

This film will be Bailey’s first major acting roles.

Bailey quickly took to Twitter after the official announcement:

She rose to prominence with her sister on YouTube, where the pair performed Beyoncè covers:

The Little Mermaid will incorporate 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.

Production is anticipated to begin in early 2020.

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