Halle Bailey just posted our first behind the scenes pic from the set of The Little Mermaid

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Photo credit: 2020 Billboard Women In Music - Getty Images
Photo credit: 2020 Billboard Women In Music - Getty Images

In celebration of finishing filming for Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, Halle Bailey has shared a beautiful photo of her in the ocean in Sardinia, looking every inch the Ariel of our dreams (minus the tail).

She posted the snap on Instagram, with an emotional caption, saying, "After auditioning for this film when i was 18 just about to turn 19 , to now finishing filming through a pandemic when i turned 21 ..we have finally made it...💖"

Halle continued, "[I] feel so grateful to have experienced this film in all of its glory..it has been the toughest experience being away from everything and everyone i’ve ever known, to feeling self doubt/ loneliness, but also feeling such freedom and perseverance as i’ve reached the end. this experience has made me so much stronger than i ever thought i could be."

She also gave a shout out to her fellow cast-mates, including Jonah Hauer-King (who plays Eric), Jacob Tremblay (Flounder) and Melissa McCarthy (Ursula), praising them for being, "masters of their craft but [still] so welcoming and open to little old me."

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Who will star in The Little Mermaid?

British actor Jonah Hauer-King, a relative newbie to the acting world, has won the role of Eric after going head to head with Krypton actor Cameron Cuffe. According to Deadline, Jonah's second screen test sealed the deal with Mary Poppins Returns’ director Rob Marshall.

It was previously thought the part might go to 13 Reasons Why star Christian Navarro - who plays Tony Padilla in the hit Netflix series - or Harry Styles, but he of course turned it down. Explaining his decision, the former 1D star said it was "a few things" and that he also wanted to focus on his solo career before taking another acting gig.

You might also recognise London-born Jonah, 24, from his role as Laurie on BBC’s Little Women mini-series which aired in 2017. He also played Harry in recent BBC drama World On Fire.

Photo credit: Jemal Countess/Getty
Photo credit: Jemal Countess/Getty

Meanwhile, Melissa McCarthy has been cast Ursula, The Room’s Jacob Tremblay will be voicing Ariel’s sidekick Flounder and Awkwafina will be Scuttle. Javier Bardem will be playing King Triton.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

What will The Little Mermaid be about?

The remake of the 1989 cartoon will see 19-year-old Halle Bailey in her first film role as an adult. Halle is best known for being one half of musical duo Chloe x Halle with her sister. She also plays Sky Forster in Grown-ish, which incidentally, her sister Chloe is in too.

Taking to Twitter, a thrilled Halle shared a cartoon depiction of her as Ariel, and wrote: “Dream come true”.

She also retweeted a post made by fellow Halle, Halle Berry, who said: “In case you needed a reminder... Halles get it DONE. Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you do! #TheLittleMermaid #HalleBailey.”

The Greatest Showman actress Zendaya tweeted her excitement too, saying: “Yeeeeessss!! Here for thiiiissss!! @chloexhalle.”

The film is also set to see the original composer, Alan Menken, return with Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda bringing new music to the film. These new tracks will sit alongside classics like ‘Under The Sea’ and ‘Parts Of Your World.’

Does The Little Mermaid have a release date?

Production on The Little Mermaid’s live-remake started in 2020. While we don't have an official release date yet, we're very much watching this space!

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