Halle Bailey dons burlap dress to recreate scene in The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid star Halle Bailey wears burlap dress to recreate key scene on the Sardinian set of Rob Marshall’s live-action reboot

Five-time Grammy nominee Halle Bailey was hard at work on the Sardinian set of Rob Marshall’s live-action The Little Mermaid on Sunday recreating a key scene.

Once Princess Ariel’s wish for legs is granted, she preserves her modesty by donning a makeshift dress made from scrap fabric used on a ship.

In the reboot, the 21-year-old R&B belter’s shoulder-baring dress is made from burlap by four-time Oscar-winning costume designer, Colleen Atwood.  


‘You look sensational!’ Five-time Grammy nominee Halle Bailey was hard at work on the Sardinian set of Rob Marshall’s live-action The Little Mermaid on Sunday recreating a key scene

Bailey wore a ginger-shaded waist-length wig to better portray the 16-year-old mermaid, whose hair was originally painted red because blonde looked too dingy in the underwater scenes.

But rather than having Prince Eric whisking Ariel back to his castle like in the cartoon, the Atlanta-born beauty’s character hitches a ride into town in a wagon.

The cameras rolled on a dolly rig as Ariel peeked from under a blanket in the back ot the wagon to catch her first glimpse at seaside villagers.

It’s the first sign that the 60-year-old filmmaker will definitely be deviating from the plot of Ron Clements and John Musker’s 1989 animated classic. 


Background: Once Princess Ariel’s wish for legs is granted, she preserves her modesty by donning a makeshift dress made from scrap fabric used on a ship

Crafty: In the reboot, the 21-year-old R&B belter’s shoulder-baring dress is made from burlap by four-time Oscar-winning costume designer, Colleen Atwood

Wigging out: Bailey wore a ginger-shaded waist-length wig to better portray the 16-year-old mermaid, whose hair was originally painted red because blonde looked too dingy in the underwater scenes

Stowaway! But rather than having Prince Eric whisking Ariel back to his castle like in the cartoon, the Atlanta-born beauty’s character hitches a ride into town in a wagon

Fish out of water! The cameras rolled on a dolly rig as Ariel peeked from under a blanket in the back ot the wagon to catch her first glimpse at seaside villagers

Spoiler alert! It’s the first sign that the 60-year-old filmmaker will definitely be deviating from the plot of Ron Clements and John Musker’s 1989 animated classic

Diversity: The townspeople were all cast with actors of African descent, marking yet another change from the all-Caucasian original film

The townspeople were all cast with actors of African descent, marking another diverse change from the all-Caucasian original film.

When the cameras weren’t rolling, Halle – whose character is obsessed with humans – sipped on bottled water provided by an assistant.

Bailey previously cut her teeth acting in the Freeform sitcom Grown-ish, the 2006 Queen Latifah flick Last Holiday, and the 2012 Disney Channel flick Let It Shine.

The entire crew of the Walt Disney picture adhered to strict COVID-19 protocols where even the actor playing the wagon driver masked up in between takes.

Hydrating: When the cameras weren’t rolling, Halle – whose character is obsessed with humans – sipped on bottled water provided by an assistant

Fourth acting gig: Bailey previously cut her teeth acting in the Freeform sitcom Grown-ish, the 2006 Queen Latifah flick Last Holiday, and the 2012 Disney Channel flick Let It Shine

Corporate: The entire crew of the Walt Disney picture adhered to strict COVID-19 protocols where even the actor playing the wagon driver masked up in between takes

Former COVID hotspot: As of Monday, there have reportedly been 4.25M confirmed coronavirus cases in Italy leading to 127K deaths since February 2020

Center of the storm: When the 80/20 songstress got off the wagon she made sure to mask up and held a parasol to shield her complexion from the summer sunshine

Excited? The Little Mermaid will feature the same beloved songs by Alan Menken and the late great Howard Ashman as well as new lyrics from Moana songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda

Massive production: It certainly took a village to bring the fairytale to the big screens

As of Monday, there have reportedly been 4.25M confirmed coronavirus cases in Italy leading to 127K deaths since February 2020.

When the 80/20 songstress got off the wagon she made sure to mask up and held a parasol to shield her complexion from the summer sunshine.

The Little Mermaid will feature the same beloved songs by Alan Menken and the late great Howard Ashman as well as new lyrics from Moana songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

On June 13, Halle’s castmate Jonah Hauer-King (Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar, World on Fire) – who plays Prince Eric – shared a behind-the-scenes snap on the set. 

Onscreen leading man: On June 13, Halle’s castmate Jonah Hauer-King (Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar, World on Fire) – who plays Prince Eric – shared a behind-the-scenes snap on the set 

Talented ensemble: The Little Mermaid cast also features Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy, Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay, and Daveed Diggs

The Little Mermaid cast also features Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy, Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay, and Daveed Diggs.

Back in 2019, Bailey – a Beyoncé protégée – tweeted that landing the coveted role of Princess Ariel was a ‘dream come true.’

The critically-acclaimed 1989 animated classic – based on Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairytale – amassed $233M at the global box office and kickstarted the Disney renaissance.

Black little mermaid: Back in 2019, Bailey – a Beyoncé protégée – tweeted that landing the coveted role of Princess Ariel was a ‘dream come true’ 

Up where they stay all day in the sun! The critically-acclaimed 1989 animated classic – based on Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairytale – amassed $233M at the global box office and kickstarted the Disney renaissance

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