In the long list of Disney's live-action remakes, now you can add Little Mermaid to the list the remakes.
Disney’s upcoming live-action 'Little Mermaid' movie is set to star actress and singer Halle Bailey as Ariel, reported by Variety. This means that the live-action Ariel will be very different from the animated one as this Ariel will be black. This is actually a huge deal as Ariel is a major and popular Disney princess with arguably the best “I Want” song in the Disney canon.
The R&B singer has been chosen to play Ariel in Disney’s next live-action adaptation and the director Rob Marshall who has spent the last two months meeting with talent, insiders say Bailey has been a clear front runner from the beginning. Marshall released a statement, saying, "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."
The other people of the cast include Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina, while Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play Ursula. The live-action movie is going to feature all the original songs from the 1989 animated hit along with the new songs from original composer Alan Menken and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. She is also producing the movie along with Marshall, Marc Platt, and John DeLuca.
The final script is written by David Magee and the first draft was written by Jane Goldman. The people overseeing for the studio are Jessica Virtue and Allison Erlikhman. The original 1989 animated movie follows the story of mermaid princess Ariel as she falls in love with a human.
The original music of the film is written by Menken and the songs include 'Under the Sea,' 'Part of Your World', and 'Kiss the Girl.' This role marks Bailey's first feature film debut after she formed her musical group named Chloe x Halle with her sister Chloe in 2015. The pair of sisters first rose to fame after they posted YouTube covers of Beyoncé.
Later on, they were discovered by the R&B superstar and her record label and since then the sisters have signed a record deal with Parkwood Entertainment and have opened for Beyoncé on her “Lemonade” tour.