Halle Bailey Will be Your Ariel

Halle Bailey Will be Your Ariel

Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel for Disney’s live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid!’ Is she a good pick?

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King Triton might be busy soothing waves and caressing the sea as the announcement of a talented black actress Halle Bailey will be playing Ariel in Disney’s live action remake of The Little Mermaid causes a tidal wave on social media.

In the film, Ariel has no voice and is encouraged to use her looks to win over a prince, and it may seem that a beautiful voice continues to not be enough, because though Bailey is praised by her natural talent, many fans are upset.

Upon the announcement via Instagram, multiracial fans left comments on Disney’s page such as: “Ariel doesn’t have dreads!” and “Cinderella has the glass slipper, Belle has the rose, Ariel has the fiery red hair and ocean blue eyes.” Fans continued with comments, claiming Disney is “reaching” and trying to break social barriers too much in its new remakes, some calling the naysayers racist, while others claiming it has nothing to do with race.

Disney provides a firm stance in its choice of the casting, and in a statement to PEOPLE Magazine, the film’s director Rob Marshall explains why Bailey is the perfect Ariel. “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,” he says. Disney has since then released Bailey’s audition tape, and fans who are in favor of Bailey portraying their mermaid cartoon character were in awe upon listening to her angelic voice.

Though there are plenty of fish in the sea, all eyes will be on Ariel and the anticipation of childhood fans trusting Disney to steer the ship and not letting it sink will start in early 2020, when the film will begin its production.

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Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel for Disney’s live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid!’ Is she a good pick?

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