Live-Action Version Of The Little Mermaid Finds Its Ariel In Halle Bailey

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We have our Ariel!

That’s right, according to Entertainment Weekly, Halle Bailey will play the iconic role in the upcoming live-action version of the 1989 film.

The 19-year-old actress and singer, previously, has been known for her role on Freeform’s grown-ish where she plays Skylar. She’s also part of the R&B group Chloe x Halle, which she does with her sister Chloe Bailey. Chloe also plays Jazlyn on grown-ish.

The duo are considered to be Beyonce proteges after they caught Queen Bey’s attention (along with a record deal) for their cover of “Pretty Hurts”, which went viral in 2013. You can watch it below.

They’ve opened for Beyonce and Jay-Z during their The Road II tour. They also appeared in Lemonade during “All Night” intro along with Zendaya, Amanda Stenberg, and Ibeyi.

On the casting, director Rob Marshall said, “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.”

Bailey joins a phenomenal cast which includes Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, and Awkwafina as Scuttle. The live-action remake features the original songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. There will be new material from everyone’s fave Lin-Manuel Miranda and Menken.

Miranda will also produce the film along with Marshall, John DeLuca, and Marc Platt. They’re hoping to get into production in early 2020.

In celebration of Bailey’s casting, the Chloe + Halle twitter account posted the following (totally awesome image).

The Little Mermaid does not have a set release date.

Bec Heim