AceShowbiz - The first look at Halle Bailey as Ariel has surfaced via leaked set photos. Making their way out online, the pictures offered a glimpse of the singer/actress as the title character in Disney's upcoming live-action "The Little Mermaid (2022)".
The images were taken during filming of the movie on the set in Sardinia, Italy last week. In the snaps obtained and released via Daily Mail, the one-half of singing duo Chloe x Halle was seen channeling Ariel complete with a mermaid's tail as she was shooting on an idyllic Sardinia shoreline.
The 21-year-old didn't wear a purple bikini top like the cartoon character though. She, instead, donned a blue diving suit as her top, with her long brown hair being styled in cornrow braids. It's unclear if Halle's tail and top will be edited with CGI during post-production.
Halle was joined by her co-star Jonah Hauer-King, who plays Prince Eric, during the filming that day. The duo sat on the beach as they appeared to be reenacting the iconic scene in which Ariel rescues Prince Eric following a shipwreck.
The stars were seen chatting and even sharing an embrace while the crew prepared for the shooting. Halle was also seen flashing a huge smile as two crew members demonstrated the proper approach to the monumental scene.
When she wasn't rehearsing the scene, Halle was walking along the shoreline with her colleagues wearing a floppy black hat to protect her face from the direct sunlight. The group then convened along the rocky terrain as they prepared for the next scene.
"The Little Mermaid" is directed by Rob Marshall with the script provided by Jane Goldman and David Magee. An adaptation of the 1989 animated film of the same name, it centers on a young mermaid who makes a deal with a sea witch to trade her voice for legs in order to win the love of a human prince.
Melissa McCarthy is cast as Ursula, Javier Bardem stars as King Triton, Ariel's father and the king of Atlantica, with Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina lending their voices for the characters Sebastian, Flounder and Scuttle respectively.