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Disney casts YouTuber Halle Bailey to play Ariel in remake of The Little Mermaid

The film is said to start shooting in 2020

The Little Mermaid Movie
  • A lot of celebrities were confused if Halle Berry got the role.
  • Halle announced the big role after tweeting on July 3
  • Beyoncé is said to mentor Halle, and has let the 19-year old open for her show twice

19-year-old Chloe x Halle member Halle Bailey is all set to play Ariel in the upcoming remake of “The Little Mermaid.”

Halle Bailey will be Ariel In the live action version of The Little Mermaid
Halle Bailey will be Ariel In the live action version of The Little Mermaid

Surprisingly, there has been an online confusion concerning similar names and thought Halle Berry was cast as Ariel, after the news broke out on Wednesday, July 3.

It has caught the actress’ attention and tweeted humorously (see Tweet here)

Halle Bailey the New Little Mermaid
Halle Bailey the New Little Mermaid

Actors Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay, and American rapper Awkwafina are currently in talks to star in the film.

The film is said to feature new songs written by Alan Menken who also composed and co-wrote songs for the “Aladdin” live-action adaptation. Expect to hear original songs from the 1989 animated hit as well as new tunes from Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda.

More about Halle Bailey

Before embarking on his Disney journey, Halle is known to do cover songs on YouTube, with her sister Chloe, the famous Atlanta teen-sister duo. Some of their notable covers include “Love On Top”, “Best Thing I Never Had”, “Pretty Hurts”, and “Halo.” Fortunately, Beyoncé took notice of the undeniable talent and invited both to open for her concert twice, including the much-anticipated “Lemonade” tour.

As a matter of fact, First Lady Michelle Obama also invited the sisters to open for her 2016 South by Southwest Keynote and appear on her song “This Is for My Girls.”
The duo has earned awards such as “Best New Artist” and “The Kids Are Alright”, and “Best Urban Contemporary Album.”

Although the shooting date is set in 2020, an official release date is yet to be announced.

On her role as Ariel

According to a written statement from Rob Marshall obtained by HollywoodLife, “Halle edged out many other actresses for the coveted role! 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.”

There was also a positive response from celebrities about her taking the role of Ariel. Check it out:
Tweets:

Naomi Scott Tweet
Naomi Scott Tweet
Lamar Giles Tweet
Lamar Giles Tweet on Halle Bailey
Brandy Legion Tweet
Brandy Legion Tweet on Halle Bailey
Zimzalabim Tweet
Zimzalabim Tweet on Halle Bailey
Zendaya Tweet
Zendaya Tweet

Now, who will take the role of Prince Eric, Ariel’s Prince? Any suggestion?

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Written by Denise Alyssa G. Villamar

Dog whisperer, literature organizer at Thought Catalog, and a sucker for music photography.

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