People.com Lifestyle Pets 'The Little Mermaid' 's Halle Bailey Shares Adorable Photo of New Cat Named Poseidon Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid By Naledi Ushe Naledi Ushe Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 7, 2021 11:14 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: halle bailey/instagram Halle Bailey is a cat mom! The Little Mermaid star, 21, paid homage to her Disney role by giving her cat an under-the-sea name. "Meet Poseidon 🥰," Halle captioned a series of selfies with her new furry friend. The name ties in with Halle's role as Ariel. In Greek mythology, Triton is Poseidon's son and in The Little Mermaid, Ariel is King Triton's daughter. Halle Bailey On Overcoming Racism After The Little Mermaid Casting: 'Just Keep Pushing' Halle's sister – and the other half of duo ChloexHalle – Chloe Bailey commented, "the baby angel 😭😭 he needs to hurry and meet his aunty 😂🥰🥰." The 21-year-old has been in London while filming The Little Mermaid. Halle was cast as Ariel in July 2019 after "an extensive search" by director Rob Marshall, who previously directed Chicago. Chloe X Halle Launch Solo Instagram Accounts After 9 Years: We're 'Still an Ocean' with 'Two Seas' Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. The Little Mermaid director previously discussed casting Halle as the film's titular character. "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," Marshall said in a statement.