Little Mermaid: Halle Bailey Cast As Ariel In Disney Live-Action Remake

Published: Wednesday 3rd Jul 2019 by Sam

Disney has officially found its Ariel for the hotly anticipated live-action remake of the ‘Little Mermaid.’ Her name? Halle Bailey from Grammy nominated sister group Chloe X Halle. 

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The announcement was made moments ago by director Rob Marshall – and it turns out Bailey herself only found out too too.

Marshall, who helmed Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ said in a statement:

“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.” 

19-year-old Bailey, who along with her sister Chloe, is a protégé of Beyonce (and signed to her Parkwood imprint) said in a tweet:

The news comes at a busy time for the duo, who have been juggling both singing and acting endeavours – including a main cast spot on Freeform’s ‘Black-Ish’ spin-off ‘Grown-Ish.’

Production on ‘Little Mermaid’ begins in 2020.

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  1. Sean Sean Jarmon July 3, 2019

    Omg thats so perfect. She def has the voice

  2. olusheyi banjo July 3, 2019

    She is going to do very well in this role. I am happy for her

    • Jasmine July 3, 2019

      Amen

  3. Urg July 3, 2019

    I wish Disney would stop these live action remakes. Are they that desperate to milk these classics for the b***s**t remakes🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢sickening.

    • Chaotic July 3, 2019

      Well you’re probably the only one on earth who feels that way. I think these remakes are amazing. #GirlBye

      • Brent Christopher July 3, 2019

        NO… I feel the EXACT same way!!

        I am sick to death of all of these ridiculous remakes. They are overrated and lacking in creativity or originality. I’m so tired of it.

      • Jasmine July 4, 2019

        I agree with Brent. The new generation lacks creativity. Why can’t we get something NEW?????? Why is everything a damn remake????????? Little Mermaid came out in 1989. U mean to tell me they couldn’t of at least thought of a spin-off like Ariel’s Baby or something totally brand new? Same goes for Aladdin. How many damn Jasmines are gonna play the same role? Time for a new script. I’m about to get my laptop out and start writing one.

  4. Meme July 3, 2019

    This is so amazing. And I hope they let her wear her locks in the film. Can you imagine how this is going to make little black girls feel?

    I’m curious to know Disney’s reasoning for the casting however. I know it has to be more than inclusion.

    • SuxMyCockiness 😮 July 3, 2019

      Her locks would be dope! The one thing I want to stay the same is her having red hair. That’s one of the most Iconic things about Ariel.

    • Danny Bey July 4, 2019

      Maybe bc she can act and sing? That never been a thought???? Y’all are killing me 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄

  5. Shayla Queen July 3, 2019

    Giiiiirl why you don’t pick Lucy Liu? SMH

  6. MessyBoots July 3, 2019

    Her parents know they were trying it naming her Halle w/ a last name Bailey. Anyway, congrats!

  7. Sarina Marie Diamond July 3, 2019

    Awww that’s nice. She’s a really cute girl.

  8. Whoops 🤭💅🏾🤷🏽‍♀️ July 3, 2019

    This is perfeeectttt. ☺️ Beautiful girl, beautiful voice. This is exciting. I always like when classic movies switch it up. Like Brandy in cinderella. A black princess who had black and white twin stepsisters and an Asian prince with a black mother and a white father. Lmao. 😭 Because if you want a movie to be exactly like the original, go watch the original.

  9. Clarkson July 3, 2019

    I wonder how her sister who looks identical to her feels about this. Probably jealous as hell

    Beyonce and her trash parkwood entertainment held her music career back. If they were signed to a proper label they would be big by now.

    • 2bad2bme July 3, 2019

      Why would she be jealous when she played in the fighting Temptations as the younger Beyoncé when she was little. She’s proud of her little sister for getting booked. 🙄

    • Meme July 3, 2019

      Her sister does not look identical to her. Her sister is older and doesn’t have that innocent youthful look that fit the character so she would never be casted. And there could only be 1 so I highly doubt she cares.

  10. Lanafan1 July 3, 2019

    I love her. But idk how I feel about this. This is my all time favorite Disney movie!

    • Echo July 3, 2019

      No one cares how you feel about it wh0r£!!

      • Lanafan1 July 4, 2019

        Obviously you did. F*** off my d***. You’re tired and problematic.

  11. Xtina4life July 3, 2019

    Wtf are they serious. God what a mess changing the characters and not leaving them the way they are supposed to be. I’ll stick with the cartoons.

    • Jasmine July 3, 2019

      Racist trash

      • Xtina4life July 4, 2019

        Not racist as I have nothing but black family members so thank you very much as some agree with me.

    • XYZ July 4, 2019

      Exactly my thoughts. To be honest, I dont care of she is Black or white, but we all know how all hell would break loose if they had casted a black character with a white actor.

      • Danny Bey July 4, 2019

        Ariel being white is not integral to the story as Mulan being Chinese or Merida being Scottish or Jasmine being middle eastern is. Shut up

      • Dear Black People July 5, 2019

        Amen

      • Dear Black People July 5, 2019

        XYZ you are 100% right

  12. Shantel July 3, 2019

    👑 🐸

  13. eric July 3, 2019

    White people are acting like it’s the end of the world. They don’t get to complain when 90% of the movies we have the option of seeing in the theater feature a white person in the lead. And I don’t want to hear about Ariel’s white origin. White people are always changing history and then they want to get upset when change benefits a different race.

    • Shaquyuiee July 3, 2019

      White ppl? That’s a bit of a blanket statement. Racist much

      • eric July 3, 2019

        The ones upset are white, are they not? And the people who create our history books and tell us that slaves were actually “indentured servants” and that Jesus was a blue-eyed fair-skinned man are also white, are they not?

    • Dear Black People July 5, 2019

      Are you all dumb King Triton is Greek and the writer of the little mermaid is Hans Christian Andersen who was a Danish author both are white races DUH.

  14. Nene Leakes July 3, 2019

    I guess this is Disney way of apologizing for that mess they did with Princess and the Frog.
    Halle got her work cut out for unfortunately, she’s a black a girl replacing a white girl so she gotta bring it times ten. But I don’t think it will be a big issue. Brandy’s Cinderella was well received by audiences and that was in the 90’s so hopefully people hearts have softened a bit even though its trump’s America right now 🙄
    Now, who’s going to play Ursula and Prince Eric? And what’s the setting going to be since Ariel is now a brown girl, Caribbean?

  15. Jj July 3, 2019

    Thought zendea was cast

  16. Tyty July 4, 2019

    Haha white people being slowly replaced by black actors in Hollywood😂😂 makes sense though they will be a minority in about 50 years or so might as well get used to seeing blacks in the big time movies. And im here for it!!

  17. TheLittleMermaid July 4, 2019

    I don’t mind what origin, background the actress is.

    But, let’s keep it real… if tomorrow they cast a white person to play the role of a character known to be black or hispanic or arabic… I don’t think people would be singing the same tune.

    That being said, I know nothing about this girl’s voice, I heard her and her sister live like twice.

    I wish her the best.

    • XYZ July 4, 2019

      Exactly thats the point.

    • Danny Bey July 4, 2019

      People wouldn’t be singing the same time bc it’s NOT THE SAME TUNE. Black people and people
      Of color getting more roles is necessary at this point bc of how neglected and underrepresented we’ve been for decades and centuries in society. So it’s incomparable.

  18. #TheTruth July 4, 2019

    Well the character isn’t attached to any ethnicity in the first place.

    Look at movies like Coco, we know the little boy is Mexican, the culture is part of the movie.
    We know Aladdin is middle eastern.
    We know that in Brave it’s a white Scottish girl.
    Mulan in China, Pocahontas being American Indian and the list goes on and on.

    Many movies, especially the recent ones, are all attached to a cultural background or a country (Polynesia, Scandinavia, Mexico etc).

    But many others aren’t set anywhere in particular. The first Disney Princesses… Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, The Little Mermaid, Belle… there’s no cultural dimension, it’s not set in a specific region/country. So it’s easier to play around with the characters.

    These characters are iconic, people are used seeing them white in the animated movies. It doesn’t matter what are Ariel’s origins since it doesn’t affect the original story.

    Everything is also becoming very political in a way…
    Studios are being considered « brave » if they cast an actor from a « minority » (I hate that word) instead of a white person. And it’s good for their image.

    • Vincent July 4, 2019

      Actually, it is made very clear that Belle is from France… And The Little Mermaid takes place in Denmark. Just thought I’d point it out. Not sure about the others.
      Ariel doesn’t have to be danish though. I mean, she’s a sea creature, so she doesn’t “have” an ethnicity. I just kinda hope her hair is red for the movie. And again, it has nothing to do with ethnicity, as no one has hair *that* red anyway. Either way I’ll be first in line to see it when it comes out. Halle’s great. And so is Rob Marshall and everyone involved so far.

      • #TheTruth July 4, 2019

        Oh ok. I didn’t know. I’ve seen those a long time ago.

        I just meant that some of their movies placed the cultural background as a central piece of the storyline.

        While those older movies were more about good vs evil, love, princesses and kings etc.

      • Danny Bey July 4, 2019

        Where in the Disney film is Denmark specifically projected as the origin? And furthermore, Ariel is from ATLANTICA, a made up underwater place. Where is ethnicity specified there?? Secondly, she’s got crabs and fish singing Caribbean music but she’s supposed to be from Denmark?? GTFOH.

  19. Zendaya is my Little Mermaid July 4, 2019

    I don’t know if I’m here for it actually I’m not! I wanted to see Zendaya take on this role and so did many others! When I look at Halle I’m bored… there’s nothing about her that gives me Ariel vibes. And I definitely don’t want to see Ursula played by Melissa McCarthy! Titus Burgess would be the perfect casting…. they need to get with the program! Disney casting an African American in the role is a risk and a smart one! But who they choose still matters. Just because she’s African American doesn’t mean the movie will be good. It could be a total confusing mess! The Little Mermaid is one of the most iconic Disney Princess movies of all time! Risk is good but Halle!? Ehh! Honestly I believe Beyoncé had something to do with this. They used her for the Lion King and she was probably advocating for Halle since she’s signed to Parkwood. Not a bad thing but still not here for it.

    • #TheTruth July 4, 2019

      I agree with you… I guess I don’t know much about her but I’m not feeling it.
      Hopefully she will prove us wrong and kill the part.

      Melissa Mc C as Ursula… can she sing ?
      I would have loved seeing Jennifer Hudson playing a vilain. And we all know she can sing.

      Queen Latifah isn’t as qualified as a singer but I like her as well.

  20. BOOMKACK123 July 4, 2019

    PEOPLE SAYING ARIEL IS DANISH OR NORDIC OR WHATEVER, THEN WHY THE HELL IS A JAMAICAN LOBSTER SINGING TWO MAJOR SONGS IN IT? MAKES ALOT MORSE SENSE THAT ARIEL IS BLACK AND HAS LOCS. MORE OF A CARIBBEAN VIBE. PLUS IN THE MOVIE HER DAD WAS HELLA TAN. LOL

  21. Dc July 4, 2019

    Wack casting y’all wouldn’t like good times to have white cast this gon flop hard

  22. What would Whitney do. WWWD July 5, 2019

    Again Whitney Houston was a waaay better mother, what the f*** about Blu. B****….I see why this b**** don’t have the wind like Whitney Houston

  23. Mark July 8, 2019

    Makes no sense, King Trident and Queen Athena are white, Ariel and her 5 white sisters were their daughters. You can’t just change Ariels skin color just be diverse. Are they going to give her red hair.

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