Bailey explained: “The whole experience of filming, in more ways than one, mirrored Ariel’s journey of finding herself and her voice.
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“I remember at the end of filming, wrap day, I was just sobbing because I truly felt like I had come out of this cocoon with Ariel.”
She added: “The filming process has really kind of changed my life.”
Bailey went on to tell People that she’s excited to bring the story to a new audience, adding: “I’m so grateful what it will do for all the other little Black and brown boys and girls who will see themselves in me.”
The official trailer for The Little Mermaid dropped on September 10 and people have been sharing their thoughts on it through social media.
Over on Twitter, one tweeted: “The Little Mermaid trailer gives me goosebumps each time I watch it.”
“I’m just over here crying over how happy and excited Black children are on TikTok over The Little Mermaid trailer! I’m so happy you have representation in a Disney movie like this!” another added. I’m so sorry it took so long.”
However, others took to the comments and said they didn’t have their hopes set high for the Disney live-action.
“I love The Little Mermaid and Ariel is my favourite Disney Princess. I want to be excited or at least optimistic for the live-action remake next year, but then I remember it won’t have ‘Under the Sea’ or ‘Kiss the Girl’,” one penned. “The new songs might be good, but not having those feels empty.”
In agreement, another commented: “I have a feeling The Little Mermaid remake will be very disappointing. Halle Bailey as the new Ariel will exceed expectations, but Melissa McCarthy as Ursula and Javier Bardem as King Triton aren’t really the best choices. I’m nervous that Disney will ruin it (like Dumbo).”
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