Halle Bailey will play Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Disney just announced Halle Bailey will star as Ariel in the upcoming live-action reboot of The Little Mermaid.

What We Know:

  • Bailey is a 19-year-old actress and singer. She is a member of the Grammy-nominated R&B duo, Chloe x Halle.
  • You may recognize her from Freeform’s Grown-ish, where she plays Jazlyn “Jazz” Forster.
  • Rob Marshall, the film’s director, said he chose Bailey because of her “rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance- plus a glorious singing voice.”
  • Bailey’s casting received mixed reviews. Many took to social media to either voice their support or disapprove of the decision:

  • Melissa McCarthy, Awkwafina, and Jacob Tremblay are being considered for roles in the film.
  • Production is set to begin in early 2020.

Congrats to Halle Bailey! Can’t wait to see her take on this classic character.