Halle Berry Ariel casting confusion in The Little Mermaid explored
The Lion King, Jungle Book, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast… now it’s Ariel’s turn to reimagine her.
A number of Disney animated classics have received vivid and photorealistic CGI treatments in recent years, and fans are currently expecting the same for The Little Mermaid.
The upcoming American musical, directed by Rob Marshall, is scheduled for release on Friday, May 26, 2023, and serves as an adaptation of the 1989 animated film of the same name. It was loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale of the same name.
A trailer was recently released for the project, but attention fell somewhat on the casting mix of Halle Berry’s Ariel on behalf of some viewers.
Halle Berry’s Ariel casts confusion in The Little Mermaid
Many viewers believe that Halle Berry was cast in the central role of Ariel, the mermaid princess and daughter of King Triton.
However, the 56-year-old American actress does not solve the role at all. The confusion stems from the fact that 22-year-old American singer and actress Halle Bailey has been cast in the role.
The similar names have thrown some off, but CNET reports that Berry recently responded to the mistake by tweeting a stunned silent meme.
However, Berry came out in support of Bailey. She recently responded to a fan who basically congratulated her on the role. “Wrong Halle lol” Berry wrote. “Although I can’t wait to see her!”
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She recently shared a post featuring a compilation of videos of young viewers happily reacting to The Little Mermaid teaser.
“People have been sending me these reactions all weekend and I’m really in awe,” she said. “Seeing the reactions of these little babies makes me so emotional… it means the world to me… thank you all for your unwavering support.”
Cast of The Little Mermaid
It may not have Halle Berry, but there’s plenty of other talent on board for the Disney blockbuster. Check out the central cast and their respective roles below:
- Halle Bailey as Ariel
- Jonah Hauer-King as Eric
- Melissa McCarthy as Ursula
- Javier Bardem as King Triton
- Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina
- Art Malik as Grimsby
- Lorena Andrea as Perla
- Kajsa Mohammar as Karina
- Daveed Diggs as Sebastian
- Jacob Tremblay as Flounder
The Little Mermaid opens in theaters on Friday, May 26, 2023.
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