Disney's Little Mermaid live-action movie casts Halle Bailey as Ariel
The casting of Ariel follows rumors that Melissa McCarthy will play Ursula, Jacob Tremblay will voice Flounder and Awkwafina will voice Scuttle.
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Walt Disney Studios confirmed Wednesday the live-action movie will be directed by Rob Marshall of Mary Poppins Returns and produced by Marshall, Miranda, John DeLuca and Marc Platt. It will include songs from the original animated movie by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, in addition to new songs by Menken and Miranda.
"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 Wednesday.
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Hollywood Reporter on Monday added that Canadian child actor Jacob Tremblay, known for his award-winning role in Room, is in talks to play Ariel's best friend, the nervous fish Flounder, while American rapper Awkwafina could voice Scuttle the seagull who helps Ariel misidentify her thingamabobs, whozits and whatzits.
Also scheduled for 2020 are The King's Man -- the third Kingsman movie -- on Valentine's Day, the live-action Mulan movie on March 27, an untitled Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film on May 1, Artemis Fowl on May 29, Jungle Cruise on July 24, another untitled Marvel film on Nov. 6, an untitled Disney animation on Nov. 25 and Cruella on Dec. 23.