The Internet Thinks Halle Berry Was Cast In The Little Mermaid, And It’s Hilarious

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After a long search, Disney’s forthcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid has found its Ariel. The plum role has gone to singer-actress Halle Bailey, up to this point best known for being one half of R&B duo Chloe x Halle. But the news got social media more than a little mixed up, as they briefly thought that the part had gone to similarly named Academy Award-winning actor Halle Berry.

Berry is an incredibly versatile actor, but perhaps not the most obvious choice to play a lovelorn teenage mermaid. As such, many were confused and here are some of the best reactions:

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I suspect this role will propel Bailey to stardom (after which people will stop getting the two Halles mixed up) and a brief glimpse at her singing on YouTube proves that she’s more than got the pipes for the role.

Rob Marshall is set to direct, and made a statement on Bailey’s casting, saying that:

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.

She’ll join an impressive roster that features Melissa McCarthy as sinister octopus-lady Ursula, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder and Awkwafina as the seagull Scuttle. With The Lion King now just a few weeks away from release, expect some more details to come out about the movie very soon. This production is certain to have a heavy focus on CGI to create Ariel’s underwater world, so I’d imagine the first shots we’ll see of it will either come from the sequences set on land or when Disney decides to release production photos.

Whatever the case, The Little Mermaid is one of the studio’s most beloved animated classics, considered to have ushered in a new golden age for their animation arm after the doldrums of the mid 1980s. I’ve always had a soft spot for the film and its lead character, too, so personally, I can’t wait to see what Marshall and Bailey deliver.

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