Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in Disney’s upcoming live-action reimagining of The Little Mermaid. The film is directed by Rob Marshall and produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film will feature beloved songs from the animated classic by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken (music) and Miranda (lyrics).
“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,” says Marshall.
The casting follows the previous announcement of two-time Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Can You Ever Forgive Me?) as Ursula the sea witch, who offers Ariel human form in exchange for her voice, and Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina as Flounder and Scuttle, respectively.
Production is anticipated to begin in early 2020.
Additional announcements regarding The Little Mermaid are expected in the coming weeks.