19-year-old, Halle Bailey, one half of the R&B music duo, Chloe X Halle has been pegged to play Princess Ariel in the remake of the Disney movie, “The Little Mermaid”.
Disney announced this news earlier today; stating that the singer possesses a rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence and substance plus a glorious singing voice.
Although the news has being met with certain amount of negativity as some people have expressed their discomfort at having a black girl play Ariel because they believe Princess Ariel, a redhead, should be played by a caucasian, just like in the early version. This sentiment did not stop Halle Bailey from expressing her excitement as she took to her Twitter to announce that “dreams come true”.
The film is set to start shooting in 2020 and will feature new music written by Hamilton creator, Lin Manuel Miranda.