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Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in Disney’s live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’

Posted at 4:44 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 16:44:18-04

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 31: Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle performs in concert at SOB’s on May 31, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

Halle Bailey will be belting out tunes under the sea very soon.

The singer and actress, who starred in Freeform sitcom “Grown-ish” and is one half of the musical duo, “Chloe X Halle,” has just been cast as Ariel in Disney’s upcoming live-action movie of “The Little Mermaid.”

Bailey took to Twitter to say it was a “dream come true.”

“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,” director Rob Marshall said in a statement.

The film, produced by John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, will feature the iconic songs from the 1989 animated classic by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken and Miranda.

Melissa McCarthy has reportedly been cast as the villain, Ursula.

Shooting is expected to get underway sometime in 2020.