Halle Bailey's Reaction To #NotMyAriel Proves She's The Right Person For The Job

She's ready.

When it was announced that Halle Bailey would be taking on the role of Ariel in Disney’s live-action version of The Little Mermaid there was a lot of backlash about the casting.

Unfortunately, the hashtag #NotMyAriel began trending mostly due to the fact that in the 1989 animated classic, Ariel is a fair-skinned redhead and Halle is African American.

While the horrible comments could have crushed the 19-year-old’s self-confidence, she’s instead proven she was 100 per cent the right person for the role with her response to it all.

Speaking to Variety about taking on the role she said, “I feel like I’m dreaming, and I’m just grateful and I don’t pay attention to the negativity. I just feel like this role is something bigger than me and greater and it’s going to be beautiful. I’m just so excited to be a part of it.”

It’s clear that playing Ariel means a huge deal to her and she knows the character is beloved by millions of people, but she’s ready for the responsibility that comes with the role.

According to ScreenRant, Bailey received some excellent advice from Diane Huey, the first non-white actress to play Ariel in the stage musical. She told the young actress to remember that more fans will be in her corner than not.

Halle Berry also tweeted the star after a lot of confusion that she would be playing Ariel:

Interestingly enough, there’s been no backlash to news Disney is potentially looking into casting Javier Bardem as Triton and Harry Styles as Prince Eric.

We can’t wait until the film’s release so she can show those haters why she was cast.

Melissa McCarthy Is Totally Playing Ursula In The Little Mermaid If This Video Is Anything To Go By

A poor and unfortunate attempt to keep the secret...

Since it was announced that Disney would be creating a live-action version of The Little Mermaid fans have been very interested to see who would fill the roles of their favourite childhood characters.

We know Halle Bailey will star as Ariel and rumour has it Harry Styles will be Prince Eric, Awkwafina will be Scuttle, Jacob Tremblay will be Flounder, Javier Bardem will be King Triton and Melissa McCarthy will be Ursula. But none of those roles, aside from Bailey’s, have been confirmed.

What is somewhat confusing right now is that The Little Mermaid Live, a live show that will air on ABC in the US, is also casting for their musical production.

At the moment we know Moana’s Auli’I Cravalho will star as Ariel, Shaggy will play Sebastian and Queen Latifah will be Ursula.

After the Queen Latifah announcement was made, Variety asked McCarthy about the casting and she began revealing her long-time love of the star.

“I love Queen Latifah so much, I still have my cassette tape of Ladies First. Cassette? Does that date me?

“She can do anything, I’ll be like, both hands on chin watching her.”

When asked if she’d consider an Ursula duet, she very coyly responded, “What do you mean? I don’t know!”

Watch the video here to see the huge smile she offers the camera when answering the question:

Meanwhile, Jacob Tremblay also hinted at his casting in the film on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Jimmy mentioned that he’d heard a rumour about the young actor being cast in the film, to which Jacob cheekily responded, “I’ve also heard the rumours, but my people have told me it’s down to me and Harry Styles for the role of Prince Eric.”

Jimmy then added that he’d actually heard that Jacob was in the running to be Flounder.

“Listen, Jimmy. It’s like… Harry Styles, he’s a good looking dude and he’s got some talent, but I don’t know if he can bring the acting chops and singing chops that I can bring to the table,” Jacob said.

Jimmy then joked that it’s obviously a tight race and that it’s up in the air about whether he will land the role of Eric or Flounder.

The film is being directed by Rob Marshall and will feature the classic songs we love as well as new ones written by the original composer Alan Menken with help from Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The film is believed to be shooting in early 2020.

Now We Have Our Ariel, This Is Who We'd Love To See As Prince Eric In The New Little Mermaid

So many great options!

News broke on Thursday that Halle Bailey had been cast in the role of Ariel in Disney’s new live-action version of The Little Mermaid.

The film’s director, Rob Marshall, praised Halle and said that she “possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice” to be the perfect Ariel.

Unsurprisingly, many fans were so excited to see Disney had chosen a black girl to play Ariel with Chrissy Teigen commenting on Halle’s Instagram, “My little [Luna] is gonna see a piece of her in her favorite Disney princess. I cannot wait!!!”

Jordin Sparks also commented, “OMG I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! And for all the little brown girls who will now see themselves as Ariel too!”

This casting announcement has us so excited for who they’ll cast for characters like King Triton (I’m personally hoping for Idris Elba) and Ariel’s sisters, but it also got us thinking about who Disney might cast as Prince Eric.

And, unsurprisingly, the Internet also has a lot of thoughts! Here are some of our favourites…

A lot of great options there for Prince Eric. In terms of other characters, people are very keen to see Idris Elba, Winston Duke or Terry Crews as King Triton and we are all for that – though, Duke is 32 years old so might be a little young!

There’s also been suggestion that Rihanna should play Sebastian – I mean, can you imagine the songs?!

We are so down with that.

The film doesn’t start production until next year, so it looks like we’ll be waiting until at least 2021 before we see the finished movie.

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