The live-action version of The Little Mermaid is one of the most highly-anticipated Disney movies coming out, and it hasn't even gone into production yet! But the original animated film is probably on everyone's list of favorite Disney movies, and it's going to be EPIC with live actors playing our favorite characters. There were plenty of rumors floating around about who would take on the role of Ariel, the 16-year-old mermaid who just wants to live on land with the non-merfolk. But the search is finally over - we have our Ariel! And she is absolutely perfect, we can't even stand it. Disney announced a few days ago that 19-year-old Halle Bailey (not to be confused with Halle BERRY, lol!) would be playing Ariel in the live-action version of the movie. Bailey sort of flew under the radar for a lot of people who aren't familiar with her music or acting career. But once you hear this girl sing, you know that she is 100% the right choice. Bailey took to Twitter to share her excitement over the life-changing news.
Halle Bailey and her sister Chloe have been on quite the ride after they caught the attention of Beyonce, who loved their cover of "Pretty Hurts" in 2015. The duo, who perform as Chloe x Halle, joined Beyonce on tour as the opening act of the European leg of her Formation tour. They're also series regulars on Grown-ish, and even wrote the theme song for the show! Bailey's voice is seriously other-worldly, and we can't wait to hear her sing some of Ariel's most iconic songs. It's really a dream come true for Bailey, and let's be honest, for millions of people all over the world. Bailey will be Disney's second black princess; The Princess and the Frog, which came out in 2009, was the first Disney film to feature a black princess. Representation is so important!
Of course, the announcement wasn't without controversy. A lot of people are very in their feelings about a black woman playing the role of Ariel, who is a ... mermaid. And therefore not real? But we sincerely hope Bailey is letting all the hate roll right off her back. She is going to be incredible as Ariel, and we cannot wait to watch her shine.