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Disney Has Announced That Halle Bailey Will Star As Ariel In The “Little Mermaid” Remake
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Disney Has Announced That Halle Bailey Will Star As Ariel In The “Little Mermaid” Remake

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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Arietis
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3 years ago

I misread the title as "Disney Has Announced That Halle Berry Will Star As Ariel In The “Little Mermaid” Remake" and thought: "Wow. She does look a lot younger than her age, but I'm not sure she can pull off 16."

Randy Dhuyvetter
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3 years ago

Glad I'm not the only one who misread that. ;)

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Tim Bijlsma
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3 years ago

All the remakes pretty much suck, rather watch the animated versions again.

Falcon
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3 years ago

That's what I do! Much better.

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Tahani
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3 years ago

It's sad that they couldn't go for a real redhead. I have been bullied mercilessly in school for the color of my hair, it would have been nice to see someone like me as a kid on tv. So you are kinda robbing little kids with red hair from having this representation... makes me sad.

TigerDRena
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3 years ago

I couldn't agree more with this comment. I'm very disappointed how nowadays in almost every remake or adaption character's ethnicity or looks are completely changed. I do enjoy if more cultures are represented, especially if it's a minority on media, don't get me wrong, but there are plenty of other opportunities or ways for this, like adding new characters or just creating new stories.

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Arietis
Community Member
3 years ago

I misread the title as "Disney Has Announced That Halle Berry Will Star As Ariel In The “Little Mermaid” Remake" and thought: "Wow. She does look a lot younger than her age, but I'm not sure she can pull off 16."

Randy Dhuyvetter
Community Member
3 years ago

Glad I'm not the only one who misread that. ;)

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Tim Bijlsma
Community Member
3 years ago

All the remakes pretty much suck, rather watch the animated versions again.

Falcon
Community Member
3 years ago

That's what I do! Much better.

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Tahani
Community Member
3 years ago

It's sad that they couldn't go for a real redhead. I have been bullied mercilessly in school for the color of my hair, it would have been nice to see someone like me as a kid on tv. So you are kinda robbing little kids with red hair from having this representation... makes me sad.

TigerDRena
Community Member
3 years ago

I couldn't agree more with this comment. I'm very disappointed how nowadays in almost every remake or adaption character's ethnicity or looks are completely changed. I do enjoy if more cultures are represented, especially if it's a minority on media, don't get me wrong, but there are plenty of other opportunities or ways for this, like adding new characters or just creating new stories.

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