Disney’s Little Mermaid live-action film casts Halle Bailey as Ariel



Halle Bailey will star as Ariel in The Little Mermaid.

Dylan Bonner

Scorching on the heels of its Aladdin and The Lion King live-action remakes, Disney is giving the identical therapy to The Little Mermaid. Halle Bailey, of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle, might be starring as Ariel within the upcoming film. After being reported by Selection, Bailey tweeted the information Wednesday, together with an image of an animated Ariel by artist Dylan Bonner. 

“Dream come true,” Chloe x Halle tweeted.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who might be writing lyrics for the film’s soundtrack, additionally confirmed the casting of Ariel by tweeting his response Wednesday afternoon. 

Miranda added he’d “higher get writing.”

Walt Disney Studios confirmed Wednesday the live-action film might be directed by Rob Marshall of Mary Poppins Returns and produced by Marshall, Miranda, John DeLuca and Marc Platt. It is going to embody songs from the unique animated film by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Menken and Miranda.

“After an in depth search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that uncommon mixture of spirit, coronary heart, youth, innocence and substance — plus an excellent singing voice — all intrinsic qualities essential to play this iconic position,” Marshall mentioned in a press release Wednesday.

Manufacturing is predicted to start in early 2020, Disney confirmed, with extra bulletins coming within the subsequent few weeks.

The remake of 1989’s under-the-sea journey can even star comic and actress Melissa McCarthy as villain Ursula, in line with Selection.

Hollywood Reporter on Monday added that Canadian little one actor Jacob Tremblay, recognized for his award-winning position in Room, is in talks to play Ariel’s finest good friend, the nervous fish Flounder, whereas American rapper Awkwafina may voice Scuttle the seagull who helps Ariel misidentify her thingamabobs, whozits and whatzits.

Disney has a packed film schedule for the following few years: Its Pixar Animation Studios final week introduced that its subsequent characteristic movie might be known as Soul, which is scheduled to hit theaters on June 19, 2020. The announcement got here simply a few weeks after Pixar launched the primary trailer for its upcoming movie Onward, which can launch March 6.

Additionally scheduled for 2020 are The King’s Man – the third Kingsman film — on Valentine’s Day, the live-action Mulan film on March 27, an untitled Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie on Could 1, Artemis Fowl on Could 29, Jungle Cruise on July 24, one other untitled Marvel movie on Nov. 6, an untitled Disney animation on Nov. 25 and Cruella on Dec. 23.

Then, 2021 ought to see the studio launch three extra Marvel motion pictures in February, Could and November; 4 Disney live-action motion pictures in March, Could, July and October; one Disney animation in November; one Pixar animation in June; the following Indiana Jones installment in July; and Avatar 2 on Dec. 17.

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In 2022, we should always get three extra Marvel motion pictures, 4 Disney live-actions, one Disney animation, two Pixar animations and a Star Wars film. 2023 to this point options one Disney live-action and Avatar 3. The years 2024 and 2026 every have an untitled Star Wars film; and Avatar Four and 5 ought to hit screens in 2025 and 2027.

This 12 months, Disney and Pixar have additionally acquired Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on the discharge slate. Toy Story 4 got here out in theaters earlier this month, exhibiting how far Pixar’s animation has come within the final 20 years.

Initially printed June 28.   
Replace, July 1: Provides experiences on Scuttle and Flounder casting.
Replace, July 3: Provides Ariel casting information.


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