Harry Styles has said no to playing Prince Eric in Disney’s planned live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.
It was announced in early June that Halle Bailey would be playing Ariel in Disney’s live-action adaptation of the 1989 animated classic, with Melissa McCarthy and Javier Bardem in talks for Ursula and King Triton respectively. Although there had been no official word on who was in the running to play the Prince, it appears that the One Direction singer-turned-actor was in Disney’s sights.
Not to be, reports TheWrap. The outlet’s sources have reported that, despite being “a fan of the project,” Styles has “respectfully declined” an offer to take on the role.
Misinformation had spread quickly on Twitter, with two big US cinemas chains – AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas – wrongly tweeting out that Styles had been cast as the Prince. Those tweets were later deleted.
Styles has been named with some big projects since making his well-received film acting debut in Christopher Nolan war film Dunkirk. Apart from The Little Mermaid, Styles was also among those being looked at to play Elvis Presley in a Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic. That role eventually went to Austin Butler.
Directing the new Little Mermaid is Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rob Marshall, whose credits include Best Picture-winning Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Nine, Into the Woods and last year’s Mary Poppins Returns. David Magee, who penned the latter Poppins sequel, is behind the screenplay.
Stay tuned for more Little Mermaid casting announcements to come…