With a remake of the little mermaid live action underway, fans were eager to know who will be cast in the role of the mermaid Ariel.
Disney formally announced that, Halle Bailey will bring the Disney Princess Ariel to life in the movie and fans are not happy about it.
WHO IS HALLE BAILEY
Halle is a member of the sister music duo Chloe X Halle. The pair has been singing for years. They started by covering other musicians’ songs on their YouTube channel and are currently signed to Beyoncé Knowles Parkwood Entertainment.
The sisters have been acting for a while now as well.
Halle has made appearance in movies like the last holiday alongside Queen Latifah and currently stars on the hit TV show Grownish alongside Yara Shahidi, Deon Cole and Trevor Jackson.
WHY FANS ARE UNHAPPY
Fans are unhappy about Halle playing Ariel because she looks nothing like the original character. According to the books by Hans Christian Anderson, Ariel is of Danish ancestry with striking red hair while Halle is a brown skin African American with dread locks. Below are some of the reactions of the fans.
WHY HALLE WAS CAST
The story of the little mermaid is a simple love story and like most Disney princess stories there is a musical element. Any actress cast in the role of Ariel must be a good actress and singer. Now if you’ve heard Halle sing there is no doubt she will be ideal for the role. Her voice is near perfect for Ariel. She is naturally soft spoken and a good actress.
There are quite a number of names that came up for the role; Zendaya, Ariana Grande and others. All these actresses could play Ariel but I believe sometimes directors cast characters out of the norm for reasons like Publicity, Chemistry between main stars, Salary, or simply giving a story a new twist so it is not the same old story again.
I will say there’s nothing new under sun and this is certainly not the first time this has happened. We saw that in Dr. Strange when the character of the Ancient One was played by actress Tilda Swinton instead of a male Asian actor. In the end, it all worked out. (We can agree to disagree). The movie will be directed by Rob Marshall. If you don’t know who he is, he directed the Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides and it was a big hit. Let’s see how this turns out.