Halle Bailey to play Ariel in The Little Mermaid

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Halle Bailey will star in the role of Ariel in a live action remake of The Little Mermaid. 

Disney has cast the 19-year-old singer in the leading role, with Rob Marshall saying she possesses “a rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence and substance” and a “glorious singing voice.”

The film will feature new songs written by Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda.

It will start shooting in 2020,

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