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Disney casts its live-action Ariel, The Little Mermaid

July 6th, 2019 by Marc Comments

You may recall during the week Ghostbusters: Answer The Call star Melissa McCarthy was all but confirmed as signed on as the villainous Sea Witch Ursula in the live-action remake of Disney’s The Little Mermaid (here).

Well now we can add Ariel, the mermaid herself to the list of confirmed stars as singer and actress Halle Bailey (not Halle Berry) has signed on as the lead.

The star is one half of R&B duo Chloe x Halle shared the news on Twitter (below).

On top of this, stars Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafinain are in talks to play CGI characters in the movie which is set to be directed by Mary Poppins Returns’ Rob Marshall who 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 movie is expected to start filming earl next year and will have songs from the original movie as well as all-new numbers too.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….