That’s a wrap on Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Starring Halle Bailey as a new incarnation of Ariel, the live-action remake of the animated Disney classic has been in development at the House of Mouse for years. After delays in filming due to the pandemic, the project has finally finished filming, as revealed by Bailey with the first official portrayal of her in the role of Ariel. Bailey revealed the news on Twitter and you can check out her post below.
in the tweet, Halle Bailey wrote: “and just like that..that’s a bull’s eye. after auditioning for this movie when i was 18, just about to turn 19, only to have finished filming now due to a pandemic when i turned 21..we have finally made it… feel so grateful to have witnessed this movie in all its glory.”
Rob Marshall directs The little Mermaid with singer Halle Bailey in the lead role of Ariel. Other cast members include the voices of Jacob Tremblay as Bot, Awkwafina as Scuttle, and Daveed Diggs as Sebastian. Jonah Hauer-King also stars as Ariel’s love interest Prince Eric after reports that Harry Styles turned down the role. Melissa McCarthy also plays the villain, Ursula the sea witch, with Javier Bardem also on board as Ariel’s father, King Triton.
Bailey, now only 21 years old, is a singer best known for being one half of Chloe x Halle alongside sister Choe Bailey. The pair are signed to Beyonce’s record label Parkwood Entertainment and have been nominated for five Grammy Awards. Since then, they’ve made the switch to acting starring both Baileys blackish spin-off Grown-ish, which recently premiered its fourth season.
“It was one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made,” director Rob Marshall said of casting Bailey through DGA. “She came in and claimed the part. You know, when you’re looking for a character, you’re looking for those character traits that are sometimes indescribable. And Ariel must have some kind of wide-eyed view of the world, plus a fiery spirit, plus an angelic voice, plus something otherworldly because she’s out of this world. And she’s experiencing something for the first time.”
Marshall added, “You know, there’s so many jaded actors trying to play that. But to play something with that kind of authenticity and that kind of special magic, that’s what Halle had immediately and nobody else had that.”
“I feel like I’m dreaming and I’m just thankful and I don’t mind the negativity,” Bailey said of her casting, via Variety. “I just feel like this role was something bigger than me and bigger and it’s going to be beautiful. I’m just so excited to be a part of it.”
At this time, Disney has not yet set an official premiere date for The little Mermaid. At this point, the House of Mouse has released an image of the official logo, and Bailey’s new Twitter post gives us our first official look at the new Ariel, although set photos have been leaked before. In any case, there’s a lot of excitement surrounding this particular live-action Disney remake, and it’s likely to fill theaters when it finally releases. This news comes from Halle Bailey.
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