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Rob Marshall

Disney has announced that Halle Bailey will play Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. The news received mixed reactions online, with many disputing the character’s ethnicity. The remake is slated to begin filming early next year, with Oscar-winning Chicago director Rob Marshall at the helm. It is the latest in a series of Disney live-action remakes, with recent releases including Aladdin, Dumbo and Cinderella.