The first cast for Disney’s live action remake of The Little Mermaid has been revealed.
Production on the new version of the 1989 animated film is due to begin in 2020, with a release date still to be confirmed.
In the lead role of Ariel, originally voiced by Jodi Benson, will be singer Halle Bailey.
The 19-year-old R&B singer is best known for her work as part of duo Chloe x Halle.
Director Rob Marshall said: “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.”
Bailey tweeted: “dream come true… 🧜🏽♀️🌊”
dream come true… 🧜🏽♀️🌊 pic.twitter.com/sndjYUS6wO
— chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) July 3, 2019
Further casting includes 12-year-old Room star Jacob Tremblay as Flounder while Crazy Rich Asians actress and comic Awkwafina is set to play seagull Scuttle.
Melissa McCarthy is said to be in talks to play sea witch Ursula with One Direction star Harry Styles reportedly in ‘early negotiations’ to star as Prince Eric.
The new feature film will include the original songs from Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, plus new music from Menken and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Marshall said previously: “We’re working on, in a way, fleshing out The Little Mermaid – Ariel has one song in the animated film – and so we’re looking for maybe more material.”
Picture credit: Disney/@chloexhalle on Twitter