Halle Bailey Makes a Splash in the Stunning New ‘Little Mermaid’ Trailer

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Disney’s first trailer for the live-action reboot “The Little Mermaid” is making waves thanks to its hauntingly beautiful visuals and Halle Bailey’s stunning voice as Ariel.

The teaser opens with shots of a churning wave and an underwater world filled with fish and turtles. Then Bailey sings part of one of the most famous songs from the original movie, “Part of Your World,” as she gazes up into the light of the shadowy ocean floor.

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The preview debuted this week at Disney’s D23 Expo, where Bailey called the role a “dream come true” as I talk to fans on stage.

“As a little girl, swimming in the pool, imagining I was a mermaid — I never thought I’d ever see that come to life,” she said.

Bailey has previously spoken about how she faced racist reactions to being cast as the iconic Disney princess, but took heart from her grandparents’ reassurance about how important her casting would be to many black and brown girls.

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“It was inspiring and beautiful to hear their words of encouragement saying, ‘You don’t understand what this is doing for us, for our community, for all the little black and brown girls who are going to see themselves in you,'” Bailey told Variety in an interview published last month.

After the trailer was released on Friday, many people on social media shared their excitement about the new film.

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“The Little Mermaid” will be released on May 26, 2023