We’re excited that Halle Bailey is ready to become part of our world.
I mean, sure, she already is since we watch her every week on Grown-ish. But we’re more excited that she’s going to be Ariel in Disney’s live action adaptation of the beloved classic, The Little Mermaid.
“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.
Bailey joins Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina in the film, with Melissa McCarthy in talks to play Ursula.
While the casting has been controversial, we’re all for it. We think that Bailey is extremely talented. We’re choosing to fixate on the positive reactions.
Because that’s all there should be.
🎵 Watch and you’ll see
Some day I’ll be
— Nilah Magruder (@nilaffle) July 4, 2019
In case you needed a reminder… Halles get it DONE. Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you do! #TheLittleMermaid #HalleBailey pic.twitter.com/z0Rik2nxRe
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) July 3, 2019
— Alice X. Zhang (@alicexz) July 4, 2019
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) July 4, 2019
— Jodi Polasky (@jodelynnsky) July 4, 2019
— Leslie @ AWA 2019!✨ (@leslietries) July 4, 2019
People are so bent out of shape that she is casted as Ariel. 😒 Please save me your tears, as if “white washing” doesn’t exist in Hollywood. Let Halle Bailey be great! She’s beautiful, talented and I believe she’s a perfect fit for the role! Leave her be!! #TheLittleMermaid pic.twitter.com/qvhfygYV03
— thelastgemini (@geminithagreat) July 4, 2019
— lil mermaid (@natbkidd_) July 4, 2019
— ✨✨ Oxy ✨✨ (@oxybelisdraws) July 5, 2019
Guys, chill out!! #TheLittleMermaid was never about #Ariel’s skin or hair colour!! It was all about her voice!! Do tell me if #HalleBailey was not meant to play this role all along! @chloexhalle @DisneyStudiosLA I’m so looking forward to this!! pic.twitter.com/5f7rzTjvGQ
— Alfredo Calderón (@acalderon_20) July 4, 2019
Seeing a black mermaid with locks is something I never would’ve imagined seeing 10 years ago. Now many little black girls around the world will be able to look at their screens and say “That’s me! I can be a mermaid too!!” Thank you, @chloexhalle #TheLittleMermaid pic.twitter.com/oNt8EQ6bQc
— cc_the_artist (@cctheartist1) July 5, 2019
Hail to the princess of the seven seas!
HALLE BAILEY IS ARIEL, THE LITTLE MERMAID.
.@chloexhalle #hallebailey #thelittlemermaid
IG denvertakespics https://t.co/UKTOZhVGTN pic.twitter.com/XiTtcOAldh
— Monsieur ⚪️ (@demboiii) July 6, 2019
Fan art for – The Little Mermaid – after hearing that @chloexhalle – Halle Bailey will be playing Ariel I just had to paint this to see how it could look!
Can’t wait for this film #thelittlemermaid #hallebailey #Disney #mermaid #ariel #disneylittlemermaid pic.twitter.com/fHlXhq62FP
— Sean Nash (@Sean_Nash_Art) July 5, 2019
Are you excited for The Little Mermaid?