Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in Disney’s live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’

Halle Bailey will play Ariel in Disney's 'Little Mermaid' reboot

Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in Disney’s live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’

R&B singer Halle Bailey is set to make her feature film acting debut as the star of Disney's The Little Mermaid remake. Of course, the spots that still need to be filled are those for Sebastian the crab; King Triton, Ariel's overbearing father; Prince Eric, Ariel's love interest; Grimsby, Eric's butler of sorts; and Chef Louis, a snooty and fish-hating gourmand.

Bailey will join Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina in the film.

Singer and actor Halle Bailey, 19, will play Ariel in Disney's The Little Mermaid. Menken wrote the music, including the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea", "Part of Your World" and "Kiss the Girl".

Sisters Chloe Bailey (left) and Halle Bailey arrive at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards in NY.

The pair rose to fame after posting YouTube covers of Beyoncé before the superstar discovered them and signed them to her record label.

You may know Halle Bailey from her role as Sky on Grown-ish and from musical duo, Chloe X Halle, with her sister Chloe Bailey.

She accompanied the post with the caption "I'M URSULA".

Has Halle Bailey acted before? And that wouldn't be altogether surprising considering she has not starred in any major roles to date.

It isn't as though Bailey is entering completely new territory though, as she's appeared on several episodes of the series Black-ish, starring as Sky Forster.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed the casting with a statement from the movie's director, Rob Marshall.

Which other stars will be joining Halle in the live-action film has yet to be confirmed, but ET has learned that Melissa McCarthy is in very early talks to play Ursula.

It looks as if the USA comedian has competition though as Lizzo has already given the singing role her best shot, posting a video of herself singing Poor Unfortunate Souls on Twitter.

Production on the film will begin in 2020.

Walt Disney Studios on Wednesday took to Twitter to announce Halle's casting in the project.

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