The release date for the highly anticipated live-action remake of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” has finally been announced.
The next film, starring singer Halle Bailey as Ariel, is slated to hit theaters on May 26, 2023. The announcement comes two months after Bailey announced on Instagram that she had finished filming the film.
Bailey noted in this article that she auditioned for the role when she was almost 19 and they filmed the film during the coronavirus pandemic at the age of 21.
“We finally made it,” she wrote in this article, later adding, “This experience made me so much stronger than I thought.”
Bailey, who are half of R&B duo Chloe x Halle, celebrated the announced release date early Saturday morning on Twitter, writing: “We have a date. “
Many people celebrated the casting of Bailey as Ariel after it was first announced that Disney was in the process of remaking “The Little Mermaid”. But her casting also sparked racist outrage from online commentators who were distressed at the thought of a black woman playing the fictional role.
Bailey has publicly shut down enemies before, telling Variety in a 2019 red carpet interview that she “doesn’t pay attention to negativity.”
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