Halle Bailey has finally given us what we've been waiting for: The first look at her as Ariel in Disney's live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
The twenty-one-year-old actress posted a snapshot of herself against a beautiful sunset backdrop in Sardinia, Italy where most of the production took place. She's sat on the beach in her mermaid costume, her body submerged in water while she smiles at the camera. She also added a lengthy caption describing her experience on set, while also thanking her castmates for making it enjoyable.
"[And] just like that... that's a wrap. After auditioning for this film when I was eighteen just about to turn nineteen to now finishing filming through a pandemic when I turned twenty-one... we have finally made it... I feel so grateful to have experienced this film in all of its glory... it has been the toughest experience being away from everything and everyone I've ever known, to feeling self doubt/ loneliness, but also feeling such freedom and perseverance as I've reached the end. this experience has made me so much stronger than I ever thought I could be."
She continued, giving shoutouts to her castmates and also to the crew before writing: "I cannot wait for time to speed up so you all can watch this film because it was made with so much love (plus blood sweat and tears) lol thank you sardinia for a wonderful ending!!! xoxo."
Bailey is joined by a line-up of other amazing actors and actresses including Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Melissa McCarty as Ursula, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, and Awkwafina as Scuttle
While most of the details around the production have been kept firmly under wraps, we now know that filming has finished and Bailey, along with a star-studded cast can relax while the final edits are made.
The live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid has been one of Disney's most highly-anticipated productions so far. When the news was first announced that Halle Bailey would be taking on the role of Ariel, the internet went wild with excitement. However, amongst the hype were also some hateful comments that called out Disney for casting someone who didn't resemble the Little Mermaid to a tee but they were quickly drowned out by fans who called the casting "perfect."
And after seeing the first photograph from the production, we can confirm that it is well and truly perfect.
Though an official release date has not yet been confirmed, rumors are pointing to it hitting our screens by the end of this year or the start of 2022 so keep your eyes peeled!