Halle Bailey Cast as Ariel in Disney’s Live-Action “The Little Mermaid”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 14: Halle Bailey and Chloe Bailey attend the ABC Walt Disney Television Upfront on May 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
THE LITTLE MERMAID, Ariel, 1989, (c)Buena Vista Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

Halle Bailey couldn’t contain her excitement after it was revealed she will be playing Ariel in Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid.

The Chloe x Halle singer, 19, shared a recreated image of Ariel on Twitter by artist Dylan Bonner, whose previous projects have included illustrations of Disney princesses.

“Dream come true…,” Bailey tweeted alongside the image of Ariel singing “Part of Your World” while waves crashed behind her.

The story of the image goes back to Valentine’s Day 2015, when a man, Brian Flynn, commissioned Bonner to create illustrations of every Disney princess in the image of his girlfriend Manini Gupta.

In a blog post at the time, Flynn explained he and Gupta “LOVE Disney movies” and that he wanted their “relationship to be as epic and timeless as the animations we grew up on.”

“So, I decided to have us painted into some famous Disney scenes and surprise her for Valentine’s Day,” Flynn wrote. “I had my incredibly talented friend Dylan Bonner help me with the artwork.”

Bonner drew Flynn and Gupta into some of Disney’s most classic films such as Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan and Tangled.