Halle Bailey of group Chloe x Halle is going under the sea!
The singer-actress will be starring as Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.
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.
Ron Clements and John Musker were behind the 1989 original, which won best original song and score Oscars for Alan Menken. For the new iteration of the fairy tale, Menken will team with Lin-Manuel Miranda on the music.
Marc Platt, who worked with Marshall on Mary Poppins Returns and exec produced Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin remake, is producing. Marshall and John DeLuca are also producers Mermaid, as is Miranda.
Bailey, 19, is best known as one-half of Chloe x Halle, who signed to Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment label after gaining popularity with YouTube covers. The Little Mermaid would be a breakout role for Bailey, whose only other screen credit is as a supporting player on Freeform’s Yara Shahidi series Grown-ish.
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