If you’ve been living unda-da-sea recently, then you probably haven’t heard about the cast selection for the live remake of The Little Mermaid. Yes, we know – FINALLY!
A-list celeb, Melissa McCarthy, is in talks to play Ursula, while Akwafina, from the Crazy Rich Asians fame, is set to play Scuttle, the seagull. Another A-list celeb to possibly grace us with his presence is former One Direction band member, Harry Styles, in the role of Prince Eric!
Cast for the role of Ariel, however, is an up and coming actress named Halle Bailey. Halle is no stranger to the entertainment industry and is best known for her Youtube presence where she covers popular songs with her sister, Chloe. The sisters have featured on Beyonce’s hit album, Lemonade, and have also opened for queen Bey on tour.
The announcement, however, received backlash from a few unhappy fans. Critics are claiming that Halle is the wrong selection as she does not match the original animation character’s physical description.
All backlash aside, Halle received plenty of support from other celebrities regarding her new role. Jodi Benson, the original voice of Ariel, made it clear that she supports the decision.
In a statement, Benson said: “We need to be storytellers, and no matter what we look like on the outside, no matter our race, our nation, the colour of our skin, our dialect, whether I’m tall or thin, whether I’m overweight or underweight, or my hair is whatever colour, we really need to tell the story.”
Despite all of this, Halle shows no signs of getting cold fins.
In the wise words of Sebastian, the crab:
”The human world is a mess.”
We wish Halle all the best with her new role! We can’t wait for the new Little Mermaid.