Disney is determined to remake every movie we grew up loving, but luckily they are adding some type of twist. We just got word that the 1989 release The Little Mermaid is up next for a live-action. And lucky for us, we are officially getting another black princess.
You read right, Disney recently announced that Halle Bailey of CholexHalle and “grown-ish” fame, will be our new Princess Ariel. And can I just say I’m thrilled! Not only is she black, but she rocks locs! I cannot wait to see the impact that her portraying one of my personal fave princesses will have on younger kids. I remember how the 1997 remake of Cinderella was my all-time favorite movie to watch, I even had a Brandy doll because of her portraying Cinderella. To this day I don’t think I’ve ever seen the full 1950 version of Cinderella because, honestly, who wants to watch a version without Brandy, Whitney Houston, or Whoopi Goldberg?
Although we are waiting for them to announce the rest of the cast. I would personally love if Disney gave the new The Little Mermaid the same treatment that the cast of the 1997 Cinderella had, diversity. Growing up I never questioned how a Black woman and a white man had an Asian son. So I hope and pray that this new live-action has a very diverse cast, an Asian Prince Eric would be dope. All throughout social media people are expressing who they think should portray some of the iconic roles. Even the rapper Lizzo pitched herself for the role of Ursula on her Instagram page, although the talk of the town is that Melissa McCarthy is who the studio has their eyes on for the role.
Even though the majority of people are excited for Bailey to be the second black princess there are some trolls online that don’t agree with making the mermaid black. But honestly those haters are just trolls and I think we should ignore them. Heck, the director Rob Marshall made a statement saying, “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.” If the director is confident in his choice in picking Bailey why should we let some negative bots behind a screen take away from this monumental moment?
Who else would you like to see cast in the upcoming movie?
By Jordan Danae, Northern Illinois Alumna
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