The Little Mermaid, the live-action adaptation of the Disney cartoon classic, released its first teaser a few months ago, which caused a lot of controversies. Since the publication of the movie’s trailer, there have been a lot of negative comments made online about the actress chosen to play the lead character, Halle Bailey, in the live-action version of the 1989 Disney classic The Little Mermaid. Director Rob Marshall discussed his decision with Entertainment Weekly.
Marshall explained that this remake would give the narrative a more contemporary spin and that his team had “no agenda.” They wanted someone “incredibly strong, passionate, beautiful, smart, clever.” “We saw everybody and every ethnicity.” The goal was to find someone who could be “incredibly strong, passionate, beautiful, smart, clever,” and with “a great deal of fire and joy,”
Marshall describes his version of Ariel as a more modern version of the classic princess. “The character goes back to Hans Christian Andersen from another century, but at the same time, even in 1989, it felt in some ways like a very modern woman, someone who sees her life differently than anyone around her, and goes to find that dream.”
Via – Entertainment Weekly