Disney's Little Mermaid live-action movie casts Halle Bailey as Ariel

CNET | 7/3/2019 | Corinne Reichert
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Halle Bailey will star as Ariel in The Little Mermaid.

Hot on the heels of its Aladdin and The Lion King live-action remakes, Disney is giving the same treatment to The Little Mermaid. Halle Bailey, of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle, will be starring as Ariel in the upcoming movie. After being reported by Variety, Bailey tweeted the news Wednesday, along with a picture of an animated Ariel.

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"Dream come true," Chloe x Halle tweeted.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will be writing lyrics for the movie's soundtrack, also confirmed the casting of Ariel by tweeting his reaction Wednesday afternoon.


Oh, hey, meet Ariel!

Miranda added he'd "better get writing."

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Walt Disney Studios confirmed Wednesday the live-action movie will be directed by Rob Marshall of Mary Poppins Returns and produced by Marshall, Miranda, John DeLuca and Marc Platt. It will include songs from the original animated movie by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, in addition to new songs by Menken and Miranda.

"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," Marshall said in a statement Wednesday.

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Production is expected to begin in early 2020, Disney confirmed, with more announcements coming in the next few weeks.

The remake of 1989's under-the-sea adventure will also star comedian and actress Melissa McCarthy as villain Ursula, according to Variety.

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Hollywood Reporter on Monday added that Canadian child actor Jacob Tremblay, known for his award-winning role in Room, is in talks to play Ariel's best friend, the nervous fish Flounder, while American rapper Awkwafina could voice Scuttle the seagull who helps Ariel misidentify her thingamabobs, whozits and whatzits.

Disney has a packed movie schedule for the next few years: Its Pixar Animation Studios last week announced...
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