Disney Announces Casting, Other Details for Live-Action Version of “The Little Mermaid”

Singer-actress Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in Disney’s upcoming live-action reimagining of The Little Mermaid.

Singer-actress Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in the new live-action version of The Little Mermaid (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

The 19-year-old Bailey, who with her sister forms R&B duo Chloe x Halle, also has a recurring role in Freeform’s sit-com “grown-ish”.

The new “reimagined” version of the classic film will be directed by Rob Marshall (director of “Mary Poppins Returns”) and produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has previously worked on Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Moana”.

The film will feature beloved songs from the animated original by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken (music) and Miranda (lyrics).

Production is anticipated to begin in early 2020.

Although no other official casting announcements have been made, stories have been circulating this past week that comedic actress Melissa McCarthy is in talks to lend her voice to evil sea-witch Ursula in the new film. Additional announcements regarding The Little Mermaid are expected in the coming weeks.

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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One Reply to “Disney Announces Casting, Other Details for Live-Action Version of “The Little Mermaid””

  1. They might be in talks yet and not officially cast, but I’m also very much on board with Jacob Tremblay as Flounder and Awkwafina as Scuttle, the latter casting choice especially. Jacob is an obvious and conventional fit, whereas Awkwafina’s casting shakes things up a bit. (I didn’t mean for that last sentence to rhyme, but let’s consider it an accidental bonus. Heh.)