A few days back we learned that Halle Bailey (not, I repeat NOT Halle Berry) had been cast as Ariel, the titular little mermaid in Disney and Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall's highly anticipated live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. And today we have a killer bit of art courtesy of none other the than BossLogic that shows us just how slick Bailey could look as the red-headed mermaid with a super-crush.
As you may remember, a few weeks back we shared a killer piece of art, also by BossLogic, that reimagined Ariel as played by Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home actress Zendaya. While that was an admittedly gorgeous piece of concept art, I think this is the better poster. And one of the aspects of Boss Logic's new poster that sets it above the others is the fact that he throws a few jokes in there as well. Some of the jokes include the casting where he suggests that Idris Elba should star as "Angry At First, Dad," along with Michael B. Jordan as "Eric" Wade Wilson as "Jerk Fisherman," and Kode as "Random Fish." Again most of those are jokes, but I have to say I would not be opposed to seeing Idris Elba take on the role of King Triton, or Michael B. Jordan take on Prince Eric.
Possibly joining Halle Bailey as Ariel in this live-action remake of The Little Mermaid will be Bridesmaids and Spy star Melissa McCarthy as Ursula the Sea Witch, along with The Predator and Wonder young star Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, and Crazy Rich Asians breakout Awkwafina as Scuttle. Though none of them are officially confirmed by Disney at the moment. More official casting is expected to be announced over the next few weeks, and we will make sure to pass along updates as we hear them.
Meanwhile, remember that Chicago and Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall is taking the helm of this upcoming remake from a screenplay written by Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Jane Goldman along with Mary Poppins Returns and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day writer David Magee based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. On top of directing this new take on the classic tale, Marshall will also serve as one of the movie's producers along with John DeLuca, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Marc Platt. Jeffrey Silver will be the film's executive producer. The music for this new version will be coming our way from Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda, while Dion Beebe is handling the cinematography, and Wyatt Smith will edit it all together.
To properly pay respect here, the original The Little Mermaid was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, and it walked out of the seas and into a theater near your older brother back on November 17, 1989. This story comes to us from BossLogic over on Twitter.