The singer, Halle Bailey, was cast as the lead in Rob Marshall’s live-action remake of the 1989 animated Disney classic film, The Little Mermaid, in 2019 and filming was scheduled to begin in early 2020.
However, filming was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and finally resumed in January 2021 and wrapped up over the weekend.
In celebration of the end of production in Sardinia, Halle shared a first glimpse of herself in character on her Instagram page.
In the official image, she can be seen laying in shallow water at sun set. While she can’t be seen in detail, viewers can spot her long hair and mermaid tail.
In the lengthy caption, Halle Bailey wrote, “And just like that..that’s a wrap (heart emoji) after auditioning for this film when i was 18 just about to turn 19 , to now finishing filming through a pandemic when i turned 21 ..we have finally made it…I feel so grateful to have experienced this film in all of its glory..It has been the toughest experience being away from everything and everyone I’ve ever known, to feeling self doubt/ loneliness, but also feeling such freedom and perseverance as I’ve reached the end. This experience has made me so much stronger than i ever thought i could be.”
Halle went on to thank her co-star Jonah Hauer-King, who plays Prince Eric, Jacob Tremblay, Awkafina and Daveed Diggs (who voice Flounder, Scuttle and Sebastian respectively) King Triton, played by Javier Bardem, and Melissa McCarthy, who plays Ursula, for being “such lovely and talented people” and being so “welcoming and open to little old me”.
“I cannot wait for time to speed up so you all can watch this film because it was made with so much love (plus blood sweat and tears) lol thank you sardinia for a wonderful ending!!! xoxo,” she concluded her post.
The Little Mermaid remake does not currently have a release date.
Sources: MSN, USA Today
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