Halle Bailey is ready to explore the fathoms below. Today, Walt Disney Studios announced the actress, best known for her role on the Freeform series grown-ish, has been cast as Ariel in Disney’s upcoming live-action reimagining of The Little Mermaid. The film will be 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.
Additional announcements regarding The Little Mermaid are expected in the coming weeks.