Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Halle Bailey to star in 'Little Mermaid'

Halle Bailey to star in 'Little Mermaid'

As part of Atlanta-based sister duo Chloe x Halle, Bailey received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist a year ago. Being entirely unaware of Chloe x Halle, I looked them up on YouTube.

To be clear, all evidence points toward Bailey being an incredible Ariel. The name for the character of Prince Eric has not been finalized yet but the rumors around suggest that we might see singer Harry Styles or "To All The Boys I Have Loved Before" star Noah Centino in Eric's role alongside Halle Bailey. Online, well wishes poured in for Bailey as people celebrated the casting news. Second, and possibly more relevant, Ariel is a mermaid. In the minds of some Disney fans, the red-headed animated mermaid is supposed to look exactly the same way she does for the CGI reboot. However, as Hans Christian Andersen - the author of the original fairytale - was Danish, it's assumed (and depicted as such in illustrations) that the fairytale Ariel had blonde hair. While there hasn't been a live-action remake of that film, other famous fairy tales-Disney versions or not-have been retold with people of color.

Ariel's fair-skin can also be explained by Andersen's Danish heritage.

"Literally makes no sense!"

But, again, Disney set its Little Mermaid in the Caribbean.

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While she certainly has some huge accomplishments under her belt, being cast as a Disney princess will surely launch her further into stardom.

" Keep your head high and you'll know you're more than just one person fighting these battles, " he said, referring to Bailey, Huey, The Wrap.

As for Elba, we'll have to wait and see if he's booked to play her on-screen pops (or if Crews is the one who takes the trident).

Here's looking forward to seeing what Bailey brings to this magical role.

The idea was originally put forward by artist BossLogic, who cooked up a poster of what the Luther star would look like as the undersea king.

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