Halle Bailey cast in live-action adaptation of Disney's 'The Little Mermaid'

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The 19-year-old RnB singer has been tapped to play Ariel in Disney's next live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.

Disney has finally cast the lead role in its live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, and fans are elated that Ariel will be played by Halle Bailey.

The director has spent months meeting with talent, and insiders claim that Bailey has been a clear front runner from day one of auditions.

The casting for the live-action The Little Mermaid has really picked up steam these past few weeks, with Melissa McCarthy said to be in talks to play Ursula.

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is producing the movie alongside film musical legend Marshall (who made Chicago, Mary Poppins Returns and Into The Woods).

Halle Bailey is one half of R&B duo, Chloe x Halle.

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News of the casting were met with praise on Twitter, with many commenting on the significance of casting a young black woman for the role of Ariel. Some of the tunes include 'Under the Sea, ' "Part of Your World" and 'Kiss the Girl'.

Filming is expected to begin in 2020.

And like the original, this new telling will feature new and original songs from original composer Alan Menken.

Disney just unveiled some of the cast for its hotly-anticipated live-action The Little Mermaid reboot, and the news is making big waves on social media. In the meantime, check out Halle Bailey's exciting announcement regarding her latest role below.

But she was first discovered in 2013 when Beyoncé watched a string of singing videos she had posted on YouTube, including a cover of Bey's very own song Pretty Hurts. Elsewhere, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina having been cast already. Also, the famous McCarthy was reported to join the reboot as Ursula the Sea Witch. Soon after the pair signed a contract with Parkwood Entertainment and has opened for Beyoncé on her "Lemonade" tour.

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