Over three years after Halle Bailey was cast as the live-action Ariel, the actress finally had a chance to show a first look at her take on the Disney Princess on Friday during D23 Expo. At the Anaheim convention, the trailer for The Little Mermaid dropped, featuring Bailey’s Ariel singing “Part Of Your World” in a CGI version of her underwater kingdom of Atlantica. Amidst the news, Bailey’s older sister Chloe Bailey shared the sweet way she was supporting her from afar.
Halle Bailey garnered fame alongside her sister Chloe Bailey when the duo called Chloe x Halle was discovered by Beyoncé on YouTube when they were 11 and 13 and signed with her label. Although they are currently doing their own solo endeavors, Chloe showed how she celebrated Halle on her Instagram:
While Halle Bailey was in Southern California sharing a sneak preview of The Little Mermaid with Disney fans and doing early press for the upcoming 2023 movie, Chloe Bailey was at New York Fashion Week where she attended a Fendi show among other glamorous things. Even though the sisters were all the way across the U.S, Chloe wore shells in her hair in “honor” of Halle’s big Ariel moment. Additionally, Chloe shared how proud she was by sharing the trailer on her social media.
These two are sister goals! Chloe Bailey wrote a heartfelt message alongside the trailer, saying “the world gets to see what I’ve always seen since we were little girls” along with calling Halle “my Ariel.” While the pair are each in a new era of their careers where they are not doing everything together anymore, they are being super supportive of one another. Halle Bailey is focusing primarily on acting, with an upcoming role in The Color Purple musical film adaptation as well, whereas Chloe is getting ready to release her debut solo album.
The Little Mermaid trailer focused solely on Halle Bailey’s Ariel beginning to recreate the Disney Princess’ most famous song, but there’s a ton more we know about the movie we can’t wait to see more ahead of the release. For example, Melissa McCarthy will play Ursula, Javier Bardem will play her father King Triton, and there will be a few original songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda in addition to the songs we already know and love. As Halle Bailey took the D23 stage Friday to present the first look, she shared getting choked up at an audience seeing her Ariel:
Halle Bailey just officially became a Disney Princess, y’all! While the actress has unfortunately faced racial backlash since her casting, she’s shared she has a “strong support system” around her. The 22-year-old actress has opened up about the role being “overwhelming” and “emotional,” especially since her Black Ariel will mean so much to so many young girls. The Little Mermaid is set to be released in theaters on May 26, 2023.