Lately, Disney has been announcing so many exciting news about quite a few live-action remakes they are working on, that it’s hard to keep track! After getting fans hyped about the Lion King, we can’t wait to see what the company has in store for us next. We already know the dates of upcoming classics such as Maleficent, Mulan and Cruella but there’s one gem we can’t wait for – The Little Mermaid.

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Little Mermaid, so there couldn’t be a better time to get excited about the upcoming remake. Ever since the live-action reboot was announced in 2016, fans have been impatiently waiting for any new information on the production dates, cast and staff. Finally, we know who will star as the mermaid named Ariel we all loved when we were kids and it’s Halle Bailey!

Bailey, the 19-year-old musician is best known for her musical duo Chloe X Halle with her sister Chloe. While the most rumored person to play Ariel was Zendaya, the creators decided to choose Bailey. “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,” said the director of the movie, Rob Marshall.


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Halle Bailey announced the news by sharing an illustration by Dylan Bonner.

Despite not everyone agreeing with the casting choice, many of Halle Bailey’s fans congratulated her on successfully scoring the role.

Here’s how Bailey’s fans reacted to the news

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