Halle Bailey was announced as Ariel in the live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid,” and her fellow Halle, Halle Berry, couldn’t be prouder.
“In case you needed a reminder… Halles get it DONE. Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you do!” the 52-year-old Oscar winner tweeted.
In case you needed a reminder… Halles get it DONE. Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you do! #TheLittleMermaid #HalleBailey pic.twitter.com/z0Rik2nxRe
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) July 3, 2019
19-year-old Halle Bailey — one half of the R&B duo Chloe X Halle — will play the mermaid who trades in her beautiful singing voice for human legs. Bailey called getting the role “a dream come true.”
A few hours after Berry’s tweet, Bailey replied, “this means the world. happy to share names with you … love you lots.”
this means the world. happy to share names with you ???????? love you lots https://t.co/Wzkj8Mgsze
- chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) July 3, 2019
Rob Marshall is directing, and the film is produced by John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. David Magee (“Mary Poppins Returns”) wrote the script.
Last week, Berry weighed in on another Disney film. She retweeted a post from R&B artist Lizzo, who pitched herself and four other black women artists (Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae and Cynthia Erivo) as the Five Muses from Disney’s “Hercules.” (No live-action adaptation of the 1997 animated film has been announced … yet.)
— |L I Z Z O| (@lizzo) June 28, 2019
Berry herself was trending on Twitter earlier, as many confused her and the similarly named Bailey when the casting news was first announced. Berry herself has appeared in a live-action animation adaptation; she portrayed Ms. Stone in 1994’s “The Flintstones.”
Production on the live-action “Little Mermaid” is expected to begin in 2020.