Baby! Black Girl Magic is in full-effect!
It looks Chloe x Halle member Halle Bailey is about to take over the Disney world after being tapped play Ariel in the studio’s upcoming live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.”
According to Variety, while the film’s director Rob Marshall (“Chicago”) has spent the last couple of months meeting with talent, insiders say Bailey was only his favorite from jump.
“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,” Marshall said in a statement.
Bailey will playing alongside Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina, while Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play Ursula with Lizzo being clear she wouldn’t mind playing the villain.
Variety pointed out that “The Little Mermaid” will incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated hit as well as new ones from original composer Alan Menken and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Of course, Black Twitter is here for the “Grown-ish” actress’ come up, that and they are clear that they will defend the 19-year-old to any racist hater who is mad that this beautiful young Black woman is playing a fictional white mermaid.
Halle’s voice is perfect for this. https://t.co/zLA5b2RqMp— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) July 3, 2019
Imagine Halle with ombré red dipped locs under the sea pic.twitter.com/qQXKc8Xznk— Joi Childs (@jumpedforjoi) July 3, 2019
I SEE SOME OF THE UNSEASONED IS MAD CUZ ARIEL IS A BLACK WOMAN LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOO A FISH YALL PLEASE 😂😂😂😂😂😂HALLE IS ABOUT TO KILL THAT SOUNDTRACK AND YALL ARE BITTER! pic.twitter.com/hAtYY6liwJ— 💧 ɹɐɯʎɐɹ 💧 (@AnthonyRaymar) July 3, 2019
HALLE THEE BAILEY?!??? As ARIEL?! I am speechless!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/ekXsWiRhiq— Det. Jack Kelso (@mapcus) July 3, 2019
Me and my mutuals defending Halle from racist disney fans pic.twitter.com/cWLfnd4FbS— victoria ✌🏾 (@blkxstyles) July 3, 2019
first iris west (candice patton), then mj (zendaya), and now ariel (halle bailey) pic.twitter.com/1c8CznLRtu— tiff (@rmanovas) July 3, 2019
Disney has cast Halle Bailey as Ariel for the Little Mermaid live action film and I’m just here to see who will be mad. Bc I know some of you will be and I’m excited pic.twitter.com/K9OiHGkXLf— Valerie Complex♓️♎️♋️ (@ValerieComplex) July 3, 2019
the racists are going to try to come for halle bailey but they’re not about to play with our miss under the sea, OKAY. we will ride! pic.twitter.com/r4rxgNofK6— the fierce misses. (@quiarathedon) July 3, 2019
My dumbass brain trying to calculate how Halle Berry was gonna play a 16 year old mermaid pic.twitter.com/tE3wHORZOA— Chayah (@TheBased_Spades) July 3, 2019
Here come the subtweets about folks being mad about the Ursula casting now that Halle BAILEY is Ariel pic.twitter.com/qY9gE9N4RW— imagine the x-men cupid shuffling w/sentinels 😬 (@Steph_I_Will) July 3, 2019
I’m all for these Black Actresses snatching up the rolls of white characters with red hair! Quvenzhané Wallis played Annie. Zendaya playing MJ. NOW Halle Bailey bout to play ARIELLLLLLLLLLLL?!?! pic.twitter.com/xMQ3EVVh5X— ᴏʟᴇ sᴀɪɴᴛ ɴɪɢɢᴀʟᴇss (@imnotk3vin) July 3, 2019