Shahidi revealed in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she’s “so excited to watch Halle onscreen"

"if there’s anybody that is a princess just in real life, in the world, it’s Halle,” continuing that her playing Ariel “made so much sense.” 

"what’s been beautiful is seeing the response to both of our characters "

"and seeing how many people feel included in this fairy tale, while also maintaining the magic that we love in the first place.” 

"I think oftentimes people think of diversity and inclusion as threatening or jeopardizing the quality of the story, instead of seeing how beautifully they can be interwoven together"

The star talked about how the upcoming movie is an updated version of the original story.  

"It’s such a beautiful moment to step into a fairy tale that I think means so much to people"

"I think remakes have to be prove why they are worth being remade in the first place"

"I think [David Lowery] updates it in a such a natural way,”