Chloe x Halle member Halle Bailey has been tapped to play Ariel in Disney’s next live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.”
“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,” director Marshall said in a statement.
According to ‘The Little Mermaid’ the movie will incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated hit as well as some brand new hits.
Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina have already joined the cast, and Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play Ursula.
David Magee wrote the script with Jane Goldman writing a previous draft. Jessica Virtue and Allison Erlikhman are overseeing for the studio.
Not everybody is happy about a Black actress voicing the Ariel and #notmyariel trended online.
“They have ruined this movie for me and my kids WILL NOT watch this Ariel is light skinned and red hair neither of which this girl has,” somebody wrote.
Another wrote, “Its great,so now I waiting for “Snow black” black Mulan and white Tiana. Nightmare !!!”
“Oh come on Disney how you gonna whitewash Jasmine and Aladdin and now pretend to be woke by changing an already established character? Just cast the right color of people smh”
But Twitter was quick to set them straight: