From Disney's Ariel to Daryl Hannah in 'Splash,' mermaids in Hollywood have a long and prestigious history. Now you can add the latest name to the litany of beauties from beneath the sea: Gemma Ward.

This according to Australian newspaper Courier Mail, which is reporting that the Aussie supermodel has signed on to play a mermaid in the upcoming Disney blockbuster 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides.'

Ward, who rose to fame due to her high-profile modeling gigs, is currently in the process of transitioning to the world of acting; she followed first major role, in the 2008 Australian indie 'The Black Balloon,' with a turn in the Liv Tyler horror flick 'The Strangers' later that year. Since then, according to friends, she's been "studying the craft" of acting, a decision that appears to be paying off if this announcement is any indication.
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