Fans Praise Halle Bailey Playing Ariel in 'The Little Mermaid': 'Black Girls Can Have Fairytales Too
With the news that Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in Disney's upcoming live adaptation of The Little Mermaid, a number of people have taken to social media to praise the decision to introduce more diverse princesses in Disney films.
It was announced on Wednesday that the 19-year-old R&B singer has been selected by the movie's director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Mary Poppins Returns) to play the role.
"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.
The Chloe X Halle member joins a cast that already includes Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina. Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play the movie's villain Ursula, according to Variety.
After the news came out, a number of people took to social media to exclaim their delight that a black woman had been cast in the lead role.
One person wrote on Twitter: "For a little Black girl who grew up obsessed with the 1989 movie and made her first email addy BlackAriel - THIS IS A DREAM! I can't wait to wallpaper every inch of my belongings with images of Halle as Ariel."
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