Singer/actress Halle Bailey has finally commented on the backlash that followed news of her casting as mermaid princess Ariel in the live-action “The Little Mermaid” remake at Disney Pictures.
In July came the news that Bailey had been cast as Ariel, a choice that thrilled many but also prompted a backlash – some of it fairly standard complaints about someone unfamiliar to them taking such a role, others being a racist backlash which criticised a black actress taking on the role of a fictional sea creature.
Speaking with Variety this week, Bailey briefly addressed the backlash and responded with a very professional answer:
“I feel like I’m dreaming, and I’m just grateful, and I don’t pay attention to the negativity. I just feel like, you know, this role was something bigger than me and greater. And it’s gonna be beautiful. I’m just so excited to be a part of it.”
Rob Marshall helms the film which also has Melissa McCarthy in talks to play the villainous sea witch Ursula, Harry Styles in early negotiations to play Prince Eric, and the likes of Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, and Javier Bardem for the roles of Flounder, Scuttle, and King Triton, respectively.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken will write new songs for the remake to be included alongside the classic tunes. Filming aims to begin in early 2020.
— Variety (@Variety) August 7, 2019