The Little Mermaid 2.0


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Halle Bailey has been cast to play Ariel in the live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.”

Ishan Pahwa and Hanna Haddad

   Disney is remaking the classic animated film “The Little Mermaid” into a live action version 33 years after the original release. The reviews have been equally distributed, with many reviewers in favor of the remake while others are not happy with it.

  Notably, the trailer for the film did not garner much in the way of popularity on YouTube, “which resulted in 2.4 million dislikes,” according to World of Reel. The same publication stated that many are hesitant about the new interpretation of Ariel because Disney chose to cast Halle Bailey, an African-American actress, in a movie whose protagonist has always been portrayed as Caucasian. 

   Despite these negative statements, a plethora of individuals, particularly female fans of color, have been ecstatic with the casting of Bailey as the main character. Many of the enthusiastic fans are taking to social media to express their joy.

   “As I stroll on TikTok, I keep seeing parents video their children reacting to ‘The Little Mermaid’ trailer,” Twitter user Lai stated in a post. “So instead of focusing so much on the negative, I thought I’d show a thread of the little black kids who are excited to see their favorite princess look like them.”

   The story about a princess who exchanges her voice for legs so that she can explore the land she always wished to traverse is set to premiere on the May 26, 2023 in the United States. Besides casting Bailey in the lead role, it will present rapper and actress Awkwafina as Scuttle the Seagull and actress Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, the primary antagonist of the film.