Singer-actress Halle Bailey will be part of Disney’s world.
Bailey, who with her sister forms R&B duo Chloe x Halle, has nabbed the starring role in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, and will play the role of Ariel, the rebellious daughter of King Triton who longs to live on dry land.
The decision was made today, with the budding actress notified later Wednesday morning.
Rob Marshall is set to direct, after helming the studio’s sequel to Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns.
“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 Marshall in a statement.
An early 2020 production start is being planned