Disney has found their live-action Ariel at long last. Halle Bailey has been cast in Disney’s upcoming live-action reimagining of ‘The Little Mermaid’.

The actress recently appeared in ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ for the studio. Bailey was discovered by Beyoncé via her YouTube videos, and has since gone on to quite the career in R&B with the duo Chloe x Halle.

In a statement, the film’s director Rob Marshall said “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.”

The 19-year-old confirmed her casting with a Twitter. “Dream come true...” she tweeted, sharing a photoshopped image of a black version of Ariel.

This is the latest in a string of casting reports from the upcoming adaptation, a remake of Disney’s 1989 classic about a young mermaid who gives up her voice in order to live on land as a human and win the affection of a prince. It’s been reported that Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay are also in talks to join the cast, to voice the seagull Scuttle and the fish Flounder, Ariel’s best friends.

Melissa McCarthy has also been rumored as Disney’s first choice for Ursula, the bombastic, villainous sea witch who tricks Ariel into the dangerous deal (though singer Lizzo has been leading an admirable Twitter campaign for the role)..

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