ABC has cast “Moana” breakout star Auli’i Cravalho for the role of Ariel in its upcoming production of “The Little Mermaid Live!” later this year.
First announced in 2017, the live musical event will air in November under the network’s revived “Wonderful World of Disney” banner, marking the 30th anniversary of the iconic Disney classic.
While facing a controversy of racist trolls over her casting as Ariel in Disney’s remake of “The Little Mermaid,” Halle Bailey has also received an outpour of support, including encouragement from the first actress of color who played the same character.
Diana Huey, a Japanese American, is the first woman of color to play Ariel on stage in the 2017 Broadway adaption.
After Disney named R&B singer Halle Bailey as the iconic Princess Ariel in its live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid,” fans are now stoked to find out who gets to play Prince Eric.
Just after Bailey’s casting on Wednesday, a number of names for the male lead have begun floating on social media — and many of them are Asians!
Chinese state newspaper Global Times is being called out on social media after describing R&B singer Halle Bailey as “colored” in a tweet announcing her casting in Disney’s live-action reboot of “The Little Mermaid.”
Bailey, 19, was cast to play the iconic Princess Ariel for possessing “a rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence and substance, plus a glorious singing voice,” according to director Rob Marshall.
Diana Huey found herself in the middle of a controversy she didn’t anticipate when she was cast as the lead in a national touring production of “The Little Mermaid”.
Huey, a Japanese-American actress, beat out 50 other potential mermaids for the lead role of Disney’s beloved classic, “The Little Mermaid”. “She was a good actress, she was the right age, she sings it like nobody else,” said director Glenn Casale. “We probably saw 50 Ariels, and Diana really sang it the best.”