Disney live action Little mermaid Opening in theaters next Friday, fans are eagerly anticipating the film, which showcases the incredible talents of a star-studded cast led by fans. Halle Bailey as the titular mermaid, Ariel. Bailey looks like a real-life Disney princess, with the chops to play a role written around her voice. Film director, Rob Marshallpreviously directed Nine, Annie, into the woods and Mary Poppins returnstalked recently Submission deadline; termination period When asked about finding the perfect leading lady and her singing, he said:

I first saw Halle at the Grammys when we were just starting casting. We looked everywhere and there was no agenda to cast a woman of color. Let’s find the best Ariel. And then I saw this beautiful creature singing like an angel at the Grammys. I thought, who is this? We brought it. I didn’t know if she could act, but I thought she was special and otherworldly. And when he sang “Part of Your World,” I cried at the end of the song. I didn’t even realize I was crying. He was very deeply connected to the emotion of the song. You know, he just has a natural depth.

He continued:

The hard thing about Ariel is that you’re asking too much. You are asking for innocence and vulnerability, but also strength. They are strong-willed, have a character that sees what they want and goes to achieve it. But there was to be joy in it, and Halle had it all. He was the first actor we saw in the film. And then we saw everyone. He set the bar so high that no one could cross that line. We did a screen test with it and it was just that. I immediately went to Bob Iger with the screen test, and after a few minutes he said, yes, of course. She is Ariel.

When asked about the controversy that arose when a black woman was announced as the actress playing Ariel, Marshall said:

I didn’t think casting a woman of color was a big deal. I thought it was an archaic way of seeing the world. When that discussion came from narrow-minded people, I thought, wow, this really seems to come from another age. Are we really there? But the bonus that comes with that casting, and I didn’t know it at the time, is seeing these young women of color and young men of color looking at her and thinking, “Wow, I’m representative.” It was very impressive to me.

I loved seeing the reactions of people of color seeing Halle Bailey in the role. He has a great voice. He really embodies the part and I can’t wait to see what they do with the movie.

Watch it Little mermaid In theaters May 26.