Halle Bailey from the R&B duo Chloe x Halle is officially cast as Ariel in The Little Mermaid remake. Mermaids are mythical creatures. "Ariel can sneak up to the surface at any time with her pals Scuttle and the ahem Jamaican crab Sebastian (Sorry, Flounder!) and keep that bronze base tight".
They batted down trolls who objected to a black woman being cast in the role, since the animated Ariel was white.
Over the last couple of years Disney has been working to create live action versions of its classic cartoon movies.
Since the rumors of casting, people have had a lot of suggestions on who should play some of the characters, some being more out-there than others. The name for the character of Prince Eric has not been finalized yet but the rumors around suggest that we might see singer Harry Styles or "To All The Boys I Have Loved Before" star Noah Centino in Eric's role alongside Halle Bailey.
Freeform continued: "But for the sake of the argument, let's say that Ariel, too, is Danish". While the live-action film might adapt some parts of the fairy tale, they definitely won't use all of it. Many critics are taking issue with the fact that the original Ariel was fair-skinned with red hair, which Bailey is not.
Another commenter wrote, "Y'all respect all the original princesses looks in all the live actions so far and decide to ruin Ariel...wtf???"
She added: "I was kind of like, 'Whoa, Disney really went and did that!'" But, again, Disney set its Little Mermaid in the Caribbean.
"Literally makes no sense!" However there is no real requirement that the role of Ariel call for a white actress, and Disney maintains that casting Bailey was a good casting choice to increase representation of black actors and performers in their films.
"As black creators, we know how isolating this industry can be", Magruder told BuzzFeed.
Although Bailey's musical act has opened for Beyoncé - a huge deal - the much-anticipated flick will mark her first movie.