Date: 4th July 2019
Disney's Live-Action Little Mermaid Casts Halle Bailey as Ariel.
Halle Bailey, up to this point best known for being one half of R&b duo Chloe x Halle. But the news got social media more than a little mixed up, as they briefly thought that the part had gone to similarly named Academy Award-winning actor Halle Berry.
Rob Marshall, fresh off his stint on Disney's Mary Poppins sequel - the aptly titled Mary Poppins Returns - steps behind the camera to direct this one, with production on The Little Mermaid expected to commence in the early stages of 2020.
The official press release from Disney states that "additional announcements regarding The Little Mermaid are expected in the coming weeks", offering nothing in the way of confirmation of the recent reports linking Melissa McCarthy, Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay to the roles of Ursula, Scuttle and Flounder respectively.
Source: Press Release