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.