Halle Bailey's Casting As Ariel In "The Little Mermaid" Has Led To The Most Amazing Fan Art
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Halle Bailey’s Casting As Ariel In “The Little Mermaid” Has Led To The Most Amazing Fan Art

Leon Bennett / Getty Images Chloe Bailey, left, and Halle Bailey. News on Wednesday that Disney had selected singer Halle Bailey to play the role of Ariel in their live-action remake of The Little Mermaid has set the internet ablaze, with social media swamped by incredible fan art from people inspired by the casting choice. "As black creators, we know how isolating this industry can be," Nilah Magruder , a Los Angeles-based illustrator and animator told BuzzFeed News. "To see a black Ariel now is particularly inspiring." "I was kind of like , Whoa, Disney really went and did that!" she told BuzzFeed News. Bailey — one half of the singing sisters duo Chloe x Hall and a star on ABC’s Grown-ish — is the only member of the cast to be announced so far for the movie, which isn’t due to go into production until next year. Director Rob Marshall said there had been "extensive search" for the right actor to play Ariel, and that Bailey was the perfect choice. "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 […]

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