After weeks of speculation, former One Direction star Harry Styles has been finally confirmed to have turned down the role of Prince Eric in Disney’s upcoming “The Little Mermaid “ live-action remake.
On August, AMC Theatre and Regal Cinemas falsely tweeted that the singer and actor has been cast to play the role. Within minutes, both accounts had deleted their tweets regarding this announcement.
A few hours later, TheWrap and Variety both tweeted reporting that Styles had turned down the role. According to TheWrap, ”Styles is a fan of the project but respectfully declined”.
A mixed reaction was seen among the fans. While some were delighted to potentially get to see their idol take over movie screens again, this time in the skin of Prince Eric, other fans were more eager to see new music released from Harry instead. The singer had previously starred in Christopher Nolan’s film “Dunkirk” (2017), in which he achieved massive success and appreciation from the film industry. More recently, Styles also screen-tested for the role of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic, but that role ended up going to Austin Butler.
Last month, a Twitter user named “Red Neighbor”, who claimed to have access to information from Walt Disney Studios, tweeted the possible cast for “The Little Mermaid”. Harry was part of the rumored cast, along with Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, Javier Bardem and also Zendaya (for Princess Ariel).
Zendaya, later on, replied to a tweet by Pop Alerts regarding the matter denying the news and attesting to it being merely a rumor, despite how flattered she feels.
As of today, actress and singer Halle Bailey is the only cast member confirmed, playing the role of Ariel - a mermaid princess with a deep fascination of the human world.
Looks like for now, we might as well have to wait for Disney to officially announce the cast for the upcoming live remake of this classic fairytale. The film is being directed by Rob Marshall and produced by John DeLuca, Marc Platt, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The making of this movie is anticipated to start in early 2020.