Halle Bailey Is Ariel in Disney's The Little Mermaid Remake

Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid has found its Ariel, as Disney has announced Halle Bailey has officially been cast in the role. Hailey is perhaps best known as one half of the hip hop duo Chloe x Halle and has since ventured into acting, most recently appearing on the TV series Grown-ish. Directed by Rob Marshall, the movie is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc Platt, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The reimagining of the fairy tale will feature a blend of the original songs from the animated movie by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Menken (music) and Miranda (lyrics).

Further confirming the Halle Bailey casting, Marshall elaborated on the choice to explain the decision. "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 -
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