The other week 19-year-old singer-actress Halle Bailey was cast in the starring role of Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid”. Like every casting decision for something like this, there was joy, there was derision and there was confusion. There was also a bit of a racially-toned backlash on social media.
However according to a new Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll of 2,200 adults conducted last week, the public at large is behind the choice with 55% either strongly or somewhat supporting the choice compared to 28% with no opinion and 17% who oppose. Interestingly there is a division amongst party lines with 75% of Democrats supporting the casting, while only 44% of Republicans do.
The poll also asked the question about remakes in general. Specifically, people were asked if remakes should be remade as close to their original as possible including the race and ethnicity of each character, or if they should try to be more diverse in their casting. Around 48% responded that they should stick as close to the original as possible compared to 25% who support more diversity.
Rob Marshall is helming “The Little Mermaid” remake which also stars Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina and will shoot early next year.