Published: Fri, August 16, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Harry Styles Passes on Prince Eric Role in Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Harry Styles Passes on Prince Eric Role in Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Harry Styles was amongst the top contenders to take on the role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid. But as news began spreading across the web, the theater chains deleted the tweets that appear to be very incorrect. While The Little Mermaid would have been a more lighthearted role, it wouldn't have been easy, since it would most likely require him to sing and act.

The initial reports of Styles agreeing to the role saw social media go insane.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed in mid-July that Styles was in "early talks" with Disney for the Prince Eric role, alongside Halle Bailey, 19, as Ariel.

Halle Bailey will portray the Ariel, a mermaid princess who dreams of being a human, while Melissa McCarthy is playing her evil aunt Ursula.

The popular Disney film's live action remake has been a topic of discussion recently, after Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel and she was subject to some unjust backlash, and Harry was a sure victor to be cast opposite the young actress. We'll see. Now that Styles is out, feel free to start fan-casting Prince Eric!

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Disney's remake of The Little Mermaid will be directed by Rob Marshall (Mary Poppins Returns) from a script by David Magee.

According to The Wrap, the actor-singer has "respectfully declined" the plum role.

The film would go on to win two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Under the Sea.

The original version of The Little Mermaid follows Ariel, a teen mermaid who dreams of living on land and marrying Prince Eric.

Styles made his acting debut with Christopher Nolan's World War II drama Dunkirk in 2017.

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