Actress and singer Halle Bailey will play princess Ariel in Disney’s Little Mermaid – rare casting for a black performer. Photo: AFP

Halle Bailey to be Ariel in Disney live-action Little Mermaid – rare casting for a black actress

  • Beyoncé protégée calls casting a ‘dream come true’, and film’s director praises her ‘spirit, heart, youth, innocence … plus a glorious singing voice’
  • Like most Disney princesses, Ariel has been portrayed as pale-skinned in previous cartoon films; Disney was criticised in 2018 for ‘whitewashing’ Princess Tiana
Topic |   American films

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Actress and singer Halle Bailey will play princess Ariel in Disney’s Little Mermaid – rare casting for a black performer. Photo: AFP
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