Halle Bailey will play Ariel in Disney's live-action The Little Mermaid, which is currently slated to float into cinemas in the spring of 2023.

Disney has set a 2023 Memorial Day Weekend release date for its live-action adaptation of its 1989 animation masterpiece The Little Mermaid

According to THR, The Little Mermaid will make its debut on May 26, 2023. The announcement is made as part of Disney's schedule for theatrical film releases.

Early production on The Little Mermaid began in 2016, but Bailey, best known for the Grown-ish series, was not cast as the title character Ariel until 2019.

Regarding accepting the classic Disney part, the actor remarked, "I feel like I'm dreaming and I'm just grateful and I don't pay attention to the negativity."

This experience has made me so much stronger than I ever thought I could be," she wrote on her Instagram

After auditioning for this film when I was 18 and just about to turn 19, to now finishing filming through a pandemic when I turned 21, we have finally made it.

Halle Baily plays Ariel in the Rob Marshall-directed Disney film The Little Mermaid, which also stars Jonah Haur-King as Prince Eric

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Jacob Tremblay as Ariel's fish buddy Flounder, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, the musician crab, and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, the tentacled sea witch.

Again, the movie debuts on May 26, 2023, in cinemas. It took its time, so fans have high expectations.