Disney’s Live-Action Little Mermaid Movie Has Found Its Ariel

You can go ahead and add The Little Mermaid to the long list of live-action Disney fairytales in development at the House of Mouse.

Two weeks (and change) out from the long-anticipated arrival of The Lion King, and the Powers That Be have officially cast singer-actress Halle Bailey as Ariel, the rebellious daughter of King Triton who longs to live on dry land. To do so, she must journey ‘under da sea,’ where Bailey will join a who’s who of Hollywood talent, including Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay, and Awkwafina, all of whom are said to be in the final stages of negotiation.

Rob Marshall, fresh off his stint on Disney’s Mary Poppins sequel – the aptly titled Mary Poppins Returns – steps behind the camera to direct this one, with production on The Little Mermaid expected to commence in the early stages of 2020. In a statement, the director welcomed Bailey’s casting with open arms,
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