Halle Bailey is opening up about her controversial casting in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.
At the Variety Power of Young Hollywood event on Tuesday, the 19-year-old singer and actress discussed the backlash she received after the announcement was made.
Many social media users were excited about Bailey’s new role, but others had nasty things to say about a person of color depicting the beloved Disney princess.
“I feel like I’m dreaming and I’m just grateful and I don’t pay attention to the negativity. I just feel like this role was something bigger than me and greater and it’s going to be beautiful. I’m just so excited to be a part of it,” Bailey told Variety.
There is no official release date for film just yet, but according to Digital Spy, production is rumored to begin in April 2020.
— Variety (@Variety) August 7, 2019