The live-action version of The Little Mermaid has finished filming, according to Halle Bailey. Bailey, who is playing Ariel in the film, posted a picture of her in costume as Ariel to social media.
"[A]nd just like that..that's a wrap," she wrote. "[A]fter 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.."
and just like that..that’s a wrap ❤️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.. pic.twitter.com/UtbyX5tS6a— Halle (@HalleBailey) July 12, 2021
Bailey's sister, Chlöe Bailey, commented in part, "I love you," in response to her sister's post. Jacob Tremblay, who voices Flounder in the film, also responded with blue and yellow heart emojis and a yellow fish emoji. MTV also responded on Twitter, writing, "[C]an't wait for this[.]"
my baby!!!!!!! i love you!!!!!!!— Chlöe (@ChloeBailey) July 12, 2021
💙💛🐠— Jacob Tremblay (@JacobTremblay) July 12, 2021
can't wait for this ❤️— MTV (@MTV) July 12, 2021
Granted, the picture is far enough away that fans can't get a good glimpse of the costume--and probably for good reason, since Disney is notorious for shielding important elements of their live-action films for maximum fan reactions later on. But eagle-eyed viewers can spot a glimpse of Bailey's purple seashell bra and some of her mermaid tail.
The film marks the first time a Black live-action Disney princess has been brought to the big screen. Of course, the first-ever Black princess created by Disney is Princess Tiana, voiced by Anika Noni Rose, in The Princess and the Frog. Rose praised the casting of Bailey and Yara Shahidi as Tinkerbell in the upcoming Peter Pan live-action Disney film. "I am a firm proponent of the fact that children need to see themselves in fantasy. They need to know that they exist in the whimsical, that they exist in magic. That they are worthy of the crown," she said to Shadow And Act's Trey Mangum last November. “It's really important that they know that. It's important that we see ourselves that way and it's important that our children's peers get to see them that way because it changes the DNA in children in the way that they are able to move through the world and it changes the way that their peers expect to see them."
The Little Mermaid live-action film is based on the 1989 original animated film and is directed by Rob Marshall. Awkwafina, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, Daveed Diggs, Noma Dumezweni, and Jonah Hauer-King also star.