Updated on September 10, 2021
The Little Mermaid reboot is coming to a theater near you!
Halle Bailey, the 19-year-old singer, who is half of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle, will star as Ariel in Disney’s remake.
Director Rob Marshall said in a statement, “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.” The quality of her voice is absolutely amazing –– it’s no wonder Beyoncé fell in love with her when she discovered Bailey and signed her to her record label.”
dream come true… 🧜🏽♀️🌊 pic.twitter.com/sndjYUS6wO
— chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) July 3, 2019
According to Variety, The Little Mermaid will include original songs from the 1989 animated hit as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Bailey will join Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina and Melissa McCarthy, who will play Ursala.
Disney has not yet confirmed when The Little Mermaid will start shooting or come out.
We wonder if Bailey will rock red hair! What do you think?
UPDATE: MAY 24, 2020
While talking with Entertainment Tonight, Bailey gave an update on her role as Ariel. “I was in London at the beginning of the year about to start filming and of course this pandemic has forced everybody to slow down”, Bailey stated when asked about the status of the film. “I’m so very excited for when we start back again and it’s really come together. I just feel honored every day to think about it or even talk about it, I’m like what the heck, that’s really happening?” As for casting changes, Halle confirms there isn’t going to be any recasts, “The cast are beautiful humans inside and out and everybody is already like a family.”
Watch her talk about The Little Mermaid with her sister, Chloe below:
UPDATE: September 10, 2021
Disney’s The Little Mermaid’ starring Halle Bailey, Javier Bardem, Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay, Jonah Hauer-King and Melissa McCarthy will hit theaters on May 26, 2023.
Earlier this summer, Bailey, who will star as Ariel, revealed filming for the movie had wrapped by sharing this Instagram post:
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