Halle Bailey Is Ariel In Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actors Halle Bailey (L) and Chloe Bailey arrive at the world premiere of Disney’s 'A Wrinkle in Time' at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood CA, March 26, 2018. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Chloe Bailey; Halle Bailey

Disney’s The Little Mermaid has found its lead in Halle Bailey of R&B duo Chloe x Halle.

Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in Disney’s upcoming live-action reimagining of The Little Mermaid. The film is directed by Rob Marshall and produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film will feature beloved songs from the animated classic by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken (music) and Miranda (lyrics). 

“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,” says Marshall. 

Production is anticipated to begin in early 2020.