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News has been swirling this week over casting for Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid and finally they’ve announced that the new Ariel will be played by triple-threat Halle Bailey—one half of the Chloe X Halle singing sister duo.

Rob Marshall (who also lensed the Oscar-nominated Mary Poppins sequel that starred Emily Blunt) is set to direct and others rumoured to be in casting talks include Melissa McCarthy for the part of Ursula, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina. Halle was reportedly told she got the role Wednesday afternoon and she seems pretty stoked.

On Wednesday night, Halle Berry—Hollywood’s original Halle—took to Twitter to congratulate her namesake. An adorable exchange between the film veteran and newcomer ensued.

Halle Bailey may be new to the movie scene, but she certainly isn’t new to the showbiz life. She and her older sister Chloe Bailey have been lauded by the likes of Beyoncé, Michelle Obama and Ava DuVernay, starred on Grown-ish and created original music for Game of ThronesLittle, Trolls and Dear White People. 

With all these live-action reboots, Disney has been feeling the pressure from fans to cast the new films with an eye towards diversity and inclusivity to more accurately reflect what’s going on in the world. Plus, with major box office success from the likes of Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians, there’s proof that a movie without a white lead will do just fine thank you. It looks like the powers that be are listening and fans are very appreciative.

This casting may come as a relief to some who were a little disappointed last week when news broke that McCarthy was in talks for the role of Ursula. Fans swiftly pointed out that since Ursula was stylistically modeled after drag queen Divine, that should be reflected in the casting of the live-action film. There were others who wanted to see Lizzo play the role since her 2018 Halloween Ursula costume was PERFECTION.

That casting has yet to be officially confirmed, but one thing is for certain: Halle Bailey was made for the role of Ariel—she’s even got experience in mermaid tails.