– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Over the course of the past several days, we’ve seen Disney taking strides in terms of its casting. We know that Melissa McCarthy is in talks to take on the role of the sea witch Ursula, and that Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are also in discussions for the roles of Flounder and Scuttle, respectively. It was only a matter of time before we had word on who would be playing the titular little mermaid herself.

This next piece of news comes from the House of Mouse’s mouth itself. As announced by Disney, The Little Mermaid has found its Ariel in Last Holiday and Grown-ish actress Halle Bailey.

(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) Halle Bailey

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“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 in a statement. 

The film is directed by Rob Marshall and produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film will feature beloved songs from the animated classic by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken (music) and Miranda (lyrics). 

What do you think of this casting choice? Let us know your thoughts down below!

The Little Mermaid is expected to begin production in early 2020.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.