The Little Mermaid cast isn’t even complete and there’s already some controversy surrounding the pick for the film’s lead, Ariel. Singer Halle Bailey, one half of the group Chloe x Halle, has been selected for the movie’s titular role.
Director Rob Marshall released the following statement on Halle’s casting:
“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.”
Fans of the show Grown-ish will recognize the twins (Chloe and Halle) for their genuine and kind personalities, great qualities for someone who is portraying a Disney princess. It also doesn’t hurt that Halle, like her sister, has an amazing singing voice. Which will make it all the more tragic when Melissa McCarthy strips her away of it. Well, Melissa McCarthy playing Ursula, that is.
The Ghostbusters star is reported to be locked in for the role with songs being penned by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda. You might’ve heard of the latter: multiple hit Broadway musicals, he did the songs for Moana, was absolutely hilarious on his appearances in Curb Your Enthusiasm, yeah, that Lin-Manuel.
While the movie has some top talent assigned to its on and off-camera crews, there are people who aren’t exactly happy with the fact that a black lead was selected for the movie.