Beyonce's protege Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in live-action 'Little Mermaid'

Halle Bailey to Star as Ariel in Disney's The Little Mermaid

Beyonce's protege Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in live-action 'Little Mermaid'

The R&B singer has been tapped to play Ariel in Disney's next live-action adaptation of "The Little Mermaid".

Actress and singer Halle Bailey will play Ariel in Disney's upcoming live action Little Mermaid film. So far, her only acting credentials are in a supporting role on Black-ish TV show spinoff Grown-ish, which I didn't even know existed till now.

The Little Mermaid will include numerous best loved songs from the animation, including "Under the Sea", "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of your World" by original composers Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Disney, you made a huge mistake by hiring Halle Bailey.

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Production on The Little Mermaid is expected to begin in early 2020.

"Mary Poppins Returns" helmer Rob Marshall is in the director's chair for the live-action reimagining. However, rapper Lizzo is upset with the reports of Melissa McCarthy being considered and has been lobbying for the role on Twitter.

The "Hamilton" creator is also producing the film along with Marshall, Marc Platt, and John DeLuca. The original film's composer Alan Menken is back to write new music and will craft the lyrics with Miranda. Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay have also been linked to Scuttle and Flounder (the seagull and the fish respectively).

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Halle Berry has offered her congratulations to singer/actress Halle Bailey for landing the role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid reboot, after fans confused the pair.

But she was first discovered in 2013 when Beyoncé watched a string of singing videos she had posted on YouTube, including a cover of Bey's very own song Pretty Hurts.

Halle and her sister Chloe formed their singing group in 2015 and have become something of protégés to megastar Beyoncé, who featured the sisters on her 2016 visual album "Lemonade." .

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They were signed to her label soon after, and Beyonce took them on her tour in 2016.

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