Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin



Halle Bailey, one-half of the singing group Chloe X Halle, will star in the titular role in Disney's upcoming live-action film, the company confirmed Wednesday.

Bailey reacted to the news on Twitter and called it a dream come true.

Production on The Little Mermaid is expected to begin in early 2020. Melissa McCarthy is now in talks to play the role of the vile Ursula.

She and her sister have also supported Beyoncé during her tours and made cameo appearances in the visual album Lemonade.

Of course, The Little Mermaid doesn't even have a release date yet, so we've got a while to see how this all turns out. A live action movie completely authentic to the original animated version would really defeat the objective of having an adaptation in the first place.

On one hand, Disney is inching towards releasing the live-action version of The Lion King with Donald Glover and Beyonce in the lead.

Singer Janelle Monae sent her well wishes, writing: "Our Ariel @chloexhalle flawless choice congratssss Halle my love".

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Jacob Tremblay is also rumoured to be on board: he's said to be in line to play Flounder.

Halle Bailey is best known for singing alongside her sister Chloe, with the duo being appropriately called Chloe x Halle.

Since Ariel in the original cartoon is a white, red-headed young woman, Twitter was quick to take note that having Halle portray her is a powerful step forward for black female representation in film.

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This will be the 19-year-old beauty's breakout role, after a few minor performances in the film Last Holiday and U.S. show Grown-ish.

The live-action film is still in pre-production, but Disney has "Mary Poppins Returns" director Rob Marshall on board, as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda lined up to pen some brand-new songs.

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