The last few years have been massive for Disney's live-action remakes. Just this year, we've seen live-action versions of Dumbo and Aladdin hitting screens, as well as The Lion King, which hit the box office this summer. But, it seems like the Hollywood studio is showing no signs of slowing down, with plans for a live-action remake of Mulan in the works and, of course, a live-action The Little Mermaid.
The 1989 classic, which tells the story of mermaid princess, Ariel, who falls in love with a human prince on land, is officially getting the live-action treatment.
The first casting announcement was earlier this year, saw Halle Bailey cast as the leading role. And now, 13 Reasons Why star, Cristian Navarro, is reportedly in the piping line for bagging the role of Prince Eric.
Keep scrolling for all the details on the highly-anticipated upcoming movie, including why Halle Bailey's casting sparked controversy.
Halle Bailey is a nineteen-year-old rising star.The Atlanta-native has certainly been busy with her singing and acting career.
You may recognize her as the younger half of the duo "Chloe x Halle."
Like many famous stars, the duo kicked off their singing careers online.Justin Bieber and up-and-coming sensation, Ella Mai, the pair started off by covering well-known songs online.
And one very famous singer became a fan...In 2013, the siblings posted a cover of the Beyoncé hit, Pretty Hurts, and the clip caught the eye of Queen B herself.
Their A-list support from Beyonce earnt the pair a record deal and, as you can imagine, skyrocketed the siblings to fame.
And it seems like their relationship with Beyonce is still going strong.
Their singing career is showing no signs of slowing down either.
But the pair have strong acting roots, too.They both star in the US coming-of-age sitcom, Grown-ish (2018), which centers around the Johnson family's eldest daughter, as she takes her first steps into the real world and heads off to college.
But Halle has recently had the biggest acting break of her career.
Halle will be making her solo feature film debut next year.
Disney made it official earlier this year.After "extensive" searching, it seems like they finally found their perfect Ariel, with Halle Bailey set to take on the role of our favorite mermaid princess. Director, Rob Marshall, seems very smitten with his choice of Ariel, saying that Halle “Possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance – plus a glorious singing voice," according to the BBC.
And that singing voice really will be put to good use...The live-action remake is said to include all of our favorite songs from the 1989 original, including the likes of "Under The Sea" and "Kiss The Girl," as well as new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. We don't know about you, but we're so happy right now.
It seems like the casting is a dream come true for Halle.
dream come true... 🧜🏽♀️🌊 https://t.co/sndjYUS6wO— chloe x halle (@chloe x halle)1562184152.0
And it's safe to say that fans were thrilled for her.
@chloexhalle CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I'M SO PROUD OF YOU https://t.co/B7m9T67vlN— math ⊗ (@math ⊗)1562184703.0
Others also praised Disney for their choice of casting a young black woman for the role.
Halle Bailey, a Black teens who wears locs, being cast as a Disney princess is what dreams are made of. Imagine wha… https://t.co/V6TG5iJq1C— Evette Dionne (@Evette Dionne)1562185502.0
Although some people disagreed.Well, you aren't going to please everyone.
But for the most part, fans can't wait for Halle to make her big-screen debut.
But, we still have a little while to wait to get to see the real version.Production on The Little Mermaid is expected to begin in early 2020, with no date set for an official release yet. Although, we do have more details on the upcoming movie... Comedy-native, Melissa McCarthy, is said to be in talks to star as the sea witch, Ursula, with Jason Tremblay and Awkwafina also rumored to star.
And now there's been some other news in relation to the casting in the movie.Many people have been left wondering who will bag the role of Ariel's love interest, Prince Eric, and will star opposite Bailey in the movie.
There have been many rumors...
believing that harry styles was gonna be prince eric https://t.co/XiK6wGDN22— mack (@mack)1567027962.0
But it looks like Christian Navarro may have bagged the role.
via: Getty ImagesThe actor, who stars as Tony in the hit Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, recently hinted that he was interested in the role.
He tweeted this last month...
So I heard Harry Styles passed on Prince Eric, well...I can sing. Black Ariel/Latino Prince...no ones called but Se… https://t.co/tHaZkP795q— Christian Navarro (@Christian Navarro)1565742284.0
And he may be in luck.
Idk what happened to the other tweet. But! @disney saw this, saw your support, and gave my team a call. They wante… https://t.co/OXRVpMcJZb— Christian Navarro (@Christian Navarro)1567542172.0