Despite Racist Backlash Halle Bailey ’Little Mermaid’ Casting Was Well Received, Says New Poll

The results of a new Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll revealed that despite the vocally racist response from some, most Americans approve of Halle Bailey being cast as Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid remake.

News of Disney casting Halle Bailey as Ariel for the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid was received positively by many who were excited to see an actress of color take on the iconic role. However, a vocal group of individuals who opposed the casting of Halle Bailey as a fictional character who was previously depicted as Caucasian took their displeasure to Twitter and managed to get the “#NotMyAriel” hashtag trending online. Yet, despite the racist reactions from certain individuals, a new Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll conducted from July 8 to 10 reveals most of the 2,200 adults Americans surveyed support Halle Bailey’s casting.

According to the results, 17% of respondents replied that they “oppose” Halle Bailey playing Ariel in The Little Mermaid while 8% “somewhat oppose” and 9% “strongly” oppose the casting. However, 34% of those polled “strongly support” Halle Bailey being the new Ariel while 21% “somewhat support” the decision. The “no opinion” option was selected by 23% of those surveyed.

In terms of political parties, 75 percent of self-described Democrats supporting Halle Bailey’s The Little Mermaid casting while only 44 percent of Republicans approved.

Disney’s original The Little Mermaid centered on princess Ariel, who longed to explore the world beyond the sea. After saving Prince Eric from drowning, Ariel turns to the sea witch Ursula and trades in her voice in order to become a human for the chance to meet the man she rescued.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid remake will be directed by Rob Marshall from a script written by David Magee. Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play the villainous sea witch Ursula while Jacob Tremblay & Awkwafina are being eyed for the roles of Flounder and Scuttle, respectively.

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken will write new songs for the remake to be included alongside the classic tunes the latter penned for the animated version of The Little Mermaid. In addition to his duties as a songwriter, Lin-Manuel Miranda will serve as an executive producer alongside Rob Marshall, Marc Platt, and John DeLuca.

Disney is expecting to begin production on The Little Mermaid remake in early 2020.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Disney Unveils New Character Posters For ‘The Lion King’ Remake

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The Lion King DisneyDisney released several new character posters for the remake of The Lion King.

Disney's remake The Lion King is next in the studios' line-up of live-action retellings of their animated classics and now several new character posters for the film have been unveiled. These new posters for The Lion King may offer the best look yet at the photo-realistic versions of Simba, Nala, Mufasa, Scar, Timon, Pumbaa, Sarabi, young Simba, young Nala, Sarabi, Rafiki, and Zazu.

Check out the Lion King poster for Simba below and click "next" to view the rest of the gallery!

The Lion King Disney SimbaWhat do you think of the new posters from Disney? Are you among those who are excited to see the beloved film retold in a realistic setting or do you agree with the others who are growing weary of Disney's live-action remakes? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Here is the official synopsis for The Lion King:

Director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Directed by Jon Favreau from a script written by Jeff Nathanson, The Lion Kingstars Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.

The Lion King will be released in theaters on July 19, 2019.

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Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

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