Fans wanted Ariana Grande to play The Little Mermaid in the 2023 movie
The much-anticipated trailer for the brand new live-action The Little Mermaid came out last week and it’s got the internet talking.
Due out in May 2023, it stars Halle Berry as Ariel, alongside Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula.
Lots of people are praising Walt Disney for casting a black actress as a mermaid in the production, which is an adaptation of the 1989 animated film of the same name.
However, some are disappointed that singer and actress Ariana Grande, who used to look exactly like Ariel, was not given the lead role.
Fans wanted Ariana Grande to play Ariel
A lot of people on Twitter want the Side to Side singer to play Ariel because she resembled the mermaid in the 1989 film.
In 2009, she was cast in the American sitcom Victorious, which aired on Nickelodeon and ran for three years from 2010 to 2013.
She played the redhead Cat Valentine, one of the main character Tori’s fun and energetic friends, and had to dye her hair for the role.
The actress, who is a natural brunette, once revealed that she had to dye her hair every other week while they were filming to maintain her bright red locks.
She began her fledgling singing career on the show and quickly became known in the music world for her red hair, which is exactly like Ariel.
In the original film, The Little Mermaid has long red hair, wears a purple bikini top, and a dazzling blue mermaid tail.
While Ariana no longer has red hair, people still remember her famous look and think she would be perfect for the role.
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Halle Bailey got the lead role
Ariana unfortunately didn’t get the part, but the incredible singer and actress Halle Bailey did, and even though she doesn’t look like the animated Ariel, she’ll make a great Little Mermaid.
In July 2019, director Rob Marshall said: “After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle has that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence and substance – plus a beautiful voice – all the natural qualities needed to play this iconic role.”
The 22-year-old, better known as Halle, is one half of the musical R&B duo Chloe x Halle with her older sister Chloe.
From Mableton, Georgia, the pair released their first EP Sugar Symphony in 2016 and have released three albums and been nominated for five Grammy Awards.
Both had minor acting roles before starting their music careers, and Halle appeared in the film Joyful Noise (2012) and the Disney television show Let It Shine (2012).
While playing, at the age of 11 and 13, they started a YouTube channel where they uploaded covers of pop songs.
Halle now has a staggering 3.3 million followers on Instagram and is set to become even more famous after starring in The Little Mermaid and recording its soundtrack.
Kids’ reactions to the trailer have gone viral
Since the trailer was released, clips of young black girls reacting to it have gone viral online as they are in awe that Ariel looks like them.
The adorable videos show young girls from all over the world beaming at the screen as they watch the trailer for the upcoming 2023 film.
One compilation video, posted by news site Tracklist, had a whopping 8.7 million views, and Halle herself responded to it on Twitter.
“People have been sending me these reactions all weekend and I’m truly in awe ❤️ it means the world to me ❤️😭,” she wrote.
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