The songstress, 21, was spotted wearing a mermaid’s tail as she sat beside her costar Jonah Hauer-King, who plays Prince Eric, on an idyllic Sardinia shoreline.
Halle and Jonah appeared to be working on the iconic scene in which Ariel rescues Prince Eric following a shipwreck.
Making a splash! Beyonce’s protege Halle Bailey has been pictured for the first time as Ariel as she filmed scenes for The Little Mermaid on the beaches of Italy
Though she wasn’t wearing a purple bikini top like her cartoon countertop, Halle was sporting a wet suit as she sat beside Jonah with a huge smile on her face.
While Jonah appeared fully alert and engaged with his costar, at times he lay on the sand, acting unconscious following his character’s near-drowning.
The actor appeared knocked out as he lay beneath the sun while Halle gazed at her handsome prince.
As he slowly rose, Halle guided him back to awareness.
Under the sea! The duo appeared to be working on the scene in which Ariel saves Prince Eric following a shipwreck
Getting to know you! A fully-alert Jonah, who is playing Prince Eric, chatted with his costar
Part of your world! Jonah had his eyes closed as he lay beneath the sunshine with Halle by his side
Now fully-alert, the actor chatted with Halle as she cast a smile on him, surely relieved to see him wide awake.
The duo also shared a tight embrace.
Meanwhile, as the scene played out, crewmembers watched over the young stars and even offered guidance on how to approach the role.
Tall tail! Though she wasn’t wearing a purple bikini top like her cartoon countertop, she did have on her mermaid’s tail
Hugs! Hauer-King fiercely embraced his costar
Fun in the sun! The actors were spotted filming on the idyllic coast of Sardinia last week
Halle watched attentively as two crew members demonstrated the proper approach to the monumental scene.
When she wasn’t rehearsing the scene, she was walking along the shoreline with her colleagues wearing a floppy black hat.
The group convened along the rocky terrain as they prepared for their next move.
Watch and learn! Two crew members appeared to be offering Halle guidance on how to approach the role
Hat’s off to her! Bailey was spotted keeping cool beneath a wide-brim black hat
Postponed: The Little Mermaid was among a slew of live-action Disney films that were forced to delay production amid the COVID-19 pandemic
The Little Mermaid was among a slew of live-action Disney films that were forced to delay production amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
But now filming is back in full-swing.
‘After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,’ director Rob Marshall said in a statement back in July 2019.
Group chat: The actors listened intently to one crew member
Making waves! Halle walked barefoot through the shallow depths of the ocean blue
What’s next? The group convened along the rocky terrain as they prepared for their next move
Halle confirmed the exciting news of her casting on Twitter, giving fans a look at the new and first Black Ariel.
‘dream come true…’ she captioned an image of Ariel sporting her signature purple shell bikini with green bottoms, while appearing with dark skin, brown eyes and black rather than red hair.
The image was from 2015 when artist, Dylan Bonner, was commissioned by Brian Flynn to create illustrations of every Disney princess in the image of his girlfriend Maninai Gupta as a surprise Valentine’s Day present.
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