Disney‘s upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid stars singer Halle Bailey as the iconic character of Ariel. But Halle’s casting has been met with backlash from many who felt that her being Black or wearing locs detracted from the fantasy of a mermaid. When looking back on the filming of the movie, she credited the movie’s director, Rob Marshall, with helping her embrace herself in the Ariel role.
Halle Bailey stars in the live-action ‘Little Mermaid’
The Little Mermaid is the latest beloved Disney movie to get a live-action version, following the likes of The Lion King, Mulan, and Aladdin in recent years. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters May 26, 2023, and it’s already caused massive buzz nearly a year away from its release.