By Dymond Alexis
Halle Bailey, actress and half of singing duo Chloe x Halle, has added another amazing accomplishment to her belt. The Grown-ish star will play Princess Ariel in Disney’s live-action animated classic The Little Mermaid.
Traditionally, Ariel has been portrayed as a white female with long, red hair but, Disney opened their eyes and casted a black queen. According to Variety, sources said Bailey had been a front-runner for the role “from the beginning.”
The Little Mermaid will be directed by Rob Marshall and written by David Magee.
“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 film’s director, Rob Marshall, told the outlet in a statement on Wednesday.
Actress Halle Berry congratulates Bailey on her major role.
Marc Platt, Marshall, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and John DeLuca are producing The Little Mermaid for Disney. The original film’s composer Alan Menken is back to write new music and will craft the lyrics with Miranda.
Bailey’s big break came after uploading a cover to Beyoncé’s ‘Pretty Hurts.’ The cover earned her and Chloe the opportunity to become apart of Parkwood Entertainment.