Multiple outlets are now reporting that “grown-isn” star Halle Bailey is taking the lead role of Ariel in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.” Bailey is one-half of the group Chloe x Halle, and a popular performer and actor.
Disney hasn’t made any casting confirmations at this time, but other rumors circulating this week include Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, as well as Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina. Composer Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda are working on the music for the movie, which does not have a release date. Miranda is also serving as a producer on the project, with Rob Marshall, Marc Platt, and John DeLuca. The movie will include original songs from the animated feature, along with new tracks.
Rob Marshall is directing the project for Disney, working from an updated script written by David Magee. The original script came from Jane Goldman.
The animated versions of “The Little Mermaid” launched in theaters back in 1989, opening in third-place overall against the films “Harlem Nights,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Prancer,” and “All Dogs Go To Heaven” with a $6M debut. The animated musical went on to make over $211M for Disney.
“The Little Mermaid” follows Ariel, a mermaid that dreams of visiting the world above her own. When she rescues a sailor, who later turns out to be a prince, she makes a deal with the sea-witch to go on land at the cost of her voice. Luckily she knows exactly how to use a Dinglehopper.
The most recent live-action Disney film to hit theaters was “Aladdin,” which opened at number-one at the box office with a $91.5M debut. “Aladdin” is still in theaters, and the movie has made over $308M domestically, and over $878.3M worldwide.
The next live-action project is “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” hitting theaters on October 18th. Angelina Jolie stars in the title role, alongside Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville. These actors are reprising their roles from the first “Maleficent,” and they will be joined by newcomers Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein, Harris Dickinson, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
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