Comments for Disney officially casts “Grown-ish” star Halle Bailey as Ariel in live-action “The Little Mermaid”

Halle Bailey The Little Mermaid

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  1. Andrew

    There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Disney being diverse in their casting. Brandy played the titular character in ‘The Wonderful World of Disney’ movie ‘Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ back in 1997. The following year, Toni Braxton joined the Broadway production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ as Belle. Right now in ‘Frozen – The Musical’, Kristoff is being played by an African-American actor named Jelani Alladin.

    1. Harley

      Actually kistoff calling call for broadway is for african american actor only! Also i love broadway bc they so open the diversity and arent shamed like weather it be movie or even park show! Weather it be color or even size!
      Frozen esp.
      I wish more people would take notes… also why remake movies without the broadway songs that are a hell of a lot memorable sometimes then the movie? Like if they touch frozen and not put monster in from the musical it will be just as bad as he lives in you and shadowlands not going into lion king!

  2. Film Fan

    Aw man. I really wanted Hayley Orrantia as Ariel. Oh well. But If Melissa McCarthy ends up being cast as Ursula, I am avoiding this movie at all costs. I am not a huge fan of her, especially after what roles she took after Gilmore Girls. Now I’m starting to get worried about this film. Maybe this is a bad idea. Maybe it’s unnecessary, like the live-action Lion King. I’ll just wait and see where this goes. Otherwise, I’ll stick to the 1989 classic.

    1. Rebecca

      All for diversity but I really think that new characters with different ethnicities could be created instead of changing the mermaid that we know and love as Ariel. Where’s her lovely red hair?!

  3. AprilP

    How is this going to work at the parks? Which Ariel will people get to meet? Seems like it might create some confusion.

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