Halle Bailey to play Ariel in Disneys Little Mermaid

Saturday, 06 Jul, 2019

The wait is finally over, Disney has found their Ariel for the studios upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Bailey had reportedly been at the top of Marshall's list of contenders "from the beginning", and her casting was made official after the director had his fill of meeting with talent.

One half of the Grammy-nominated sibling R&B duo Chloe x Halle, she was named for the part after an "extensive search", director Rob Marshall said.

Bailey, 19, now stars with her sister Chloe, 21, on the Freeform series "Grown-ish".

Fans were delighted by the news, with one writing: "This casting took me from default-excited to CRAZY-EXCITED".

Bailey is part of Atlanta-based sister duo Chloe x Halle, who received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist previous year. The animation company announced that Halle Bailey is Ariel.

Production for the Little Mermaid is anticipated to begin in early 2020.

Jacob Tremblay will play Flounder, Ariel's best friend who is a fish, while Awkwafina will play Scuttle, the seagull friend of the princess.

It will also feature songs from the original score by Alan Menken, as well as some new material from Menken and Miranda. While the entire cast hasn't been finalized, comedians and actors Awkafina and Melissa McCarthy are in talks to play roles. Marshall also directed the 2018 sequel Mary Poppins Returns.

Bailey, 19, will make her film debut with the role.

Two weeks (and change) out from the long-anticipated arrival of The Lion King, and the Powers That Be have officially cast singer-actress Halle Bailey as Ariel, the rebellious daughter of King Triton who longs to live on dry land.

But she was first discovered in 2013 when Beyoncé watched a string of singing videos she had posted on YouTube, including a cover of Bey's very own song Pretty Hurts.

A year ago was a big one for the sisters: in addition to releasing their first album, "The Kids Are Alright", they were nominated for two Grammy Awards and went on tour with Beyoncé's and Jay-Z.