SAN ANTONIO - Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of "The Little Mermaid," according to multiple reports.
Director Rob Marshall released 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."
Halle is one half of the R&B group Chloe x Halle with her sister.
The official Twitter page for the singers posted "dream come true," Wednesday afternoon after the casting was announced.
Production is expected to begin in 2020.
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