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.