Halle Bailey
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Halle Bailey was an unexpected choice to play live-action Ariel in The Little Mermaid, but most fans have embraced her as the new version of the Disney princess. Some eager fans have already imagined the singer and actor as the character in gorgeous pieces of fan art. 

If there was any doubt that Disney chose the wrong star as the leading mermaid, then these pieces of art shut that down right away. Other than Bailey, two other stars have been officially cast in the upcoming remake of the 1989 classic. Disney is churning out updated versions of its classic films including Aladdin, The Lion King, and Mulan

The younger sister of the singing duo Chloe x Halle has been cast as the leading role in The Little Mermaid. 

The Bailey sisters posted this illustration to their shared Instagram account. The original artist had created this black version of Ariel in 2015 long before Bailey was cast, but the artist was flattered by the recognition. 

Dylan Bonner, the artist, wrote in a post on Instagram, "It was drawn for a family friend so when I made it I obviously had no idea the actress chosen to play the live action Ariel would use it as her casting announcement! Which is pretty awesome! I think @chloexhalle playing Ariel is going to be something very special!!" 

The artist of this stunning digital painting was immediately inspired after hearing the news that Bailey was cast as Ariel. 

The artist Alice X. Zhang proved that Bailey fits the part of Ariel perfectly. The caption to this work of art reads, "Been absolutely SWAMPED with life but the announcement of @chloexhalle as the new Ariel made me pick up my tablet pen! It gave me LIFE I was so bored of these live-action remakes but this I’m SO HERE FOR THIS THAT IT ENDED MY ART BLOCK." 

One artist shared a mock movie poster with a few other dream cast members. 

Some fans have already gone to work on dreaming up who else will star in the live-action remake. This artist illustrated Bailey in the iconic scene with the water splashing behind Ariel on the sunken boulder. Her purple seashell bra is featured, plus names of potential costars such as Michael B. Jordan as Prince Eric or Idris Elba as King Triton. "Little rework of my #TheLittleMermaid poster featuring Halle Bailey @chloexhalle," the artist wrote in a tweet. 

This animated gif nods to the star's singing skills. 

This adorable cartoon re-creates an impassioned moment during Ariel's song "Part of Your World." Bailey absolutely has the pipes to handle such an iconic musical moment, and fans can't wait to hear her voice. These two animations show Ariel underwater with her green tail and bright red hair, which Disney may or may not include in the remake. 

This artist specializes in drawing black mermaids, and obviously had to illustrate Bailey as Ariel, too.

Nilah Magruder on Twitter shared a few of her black mermaid drawings in a thread along with this picturesque shot of Bailey as Ariel. One of the most memorable scenes from the original animated film was when Ariel and Flounder swim close to the surface during "Part of Your World," and this drawing depicts that. "Watch and you'll see Some day I'll be Part of your world," the tweet reads. 

This glamorous drawing shows Bailey as a Princess Ariel with attitude. 

This stunning drawing features a sparkling tail and seashell bra plus a flower in her flowing, curly red hair. Hayden Williams created this illustration of Bailey as Ariel and shared a video of the process to his Instagram. The sharp, angular jawline and cheekbones create an updated take on the young mermaid. 

Fans are so excited to potentially see a mermaid with locs. 

In one image circulating around the internet, Bailey is seen wearing red braids with gold embellishments and a satin purple and green coverup. This digital drawing shows off the star's red locs and wrote, "My Ariel @chloexhalle." While some people have dismissed the idea of a black mermaid because it differs from the 1989 animated movie, most are supportive of Disney's choice to be more diverse with its casting. 

Halle Bailey stars alongside her sister, Chloe Bailey, and Yara Shahidi on Freeform's Grown-ish. The network shared a lengthy message supporting the young star and shutting down racist haters for saying she doesn't deserve the part.  

"So after all this is said and done, and you still cannot get past the idea that choosing the incredible, sensational, highly-talented, gorgeous Halle Bailey is anything other than the INSPIRED casting that it is because she 'doesn’t look like the cartoon one,' Oh boy, do I have some news for you...about you," the statement reads.