The Little Mermaid’s original star defends Halle Bailey’s casting in remake


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Comment(s) Benson, who voiced Ariel in the 1989 movie, addressed the issue during the Florida Supercon. We have, as a family, raised our children and for ourselves that we don’t see anything that’s different on the outside. #NotMyAriel was trending on Twitter last week. Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay are already on board the project while Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play sea witch Ursula. I think that the spirit of a character is what really matters. Advertising

“We need to be storytellers. The live-action film, to be directed by Rob Marshall, will revolve around Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale of a mermaid called Ariel who wishes to be human after she falls in love with a prince. Advertising

The young actor’s casting was mostly hailed by the fans but some people said that it was not in keeping with the original version of a white, redheaded mermaid. And no matter what we look like on the outside, no matter our race, our nation, the colour of our skin, our dialect, whether I’m tall or thin, whether I’m overweight or underweight, or my hair is whatever colour, we really need to tell the story,” she added. What you bring to the table in a character as far as their heart and their spirit is what really counts,” the 57-year-old actor said. Ariel makes a deal with Ursula, who grants her the wish but takes away her voice in return. “I think the most important thing is to tell the story.