Halle Bailey has been cast to play Ariel in Disney's live-action The Little Mermaid adaptation. First reported by Variety, Bailey joins a cast which includes Jacob Tremblay (as Flounder) and Awkwafina (as Scuttle). Melissa McCarthy was previously reported to be in talks to play the primary antagonist, Ursula.
"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," said director Rob Marshall said.
Halle Bailey is best known as one-half of the music duo Chloe x Halle. She has had roles in the film Last Holiday and the TV shows Grown-Ish, Austin & Ally, and House of Payne.
Disney has not set a release date for The Little Mermaid.