Harry Styles won't play Prince Eric in live-action 'Little Mermaid'

Harry Styles won't play Prince Eric in live-action 'Little Mermaid'

Well, it turns out that Harry Styles won't be going "under the sea" after all, as he has turned down the role of Prince Eric in Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, Collider has confirmed. While Prince Eric doesn't have any songs in the original The Little Mermaid, the singer joining Bailey is a strong sign that this will change in the remake. The DisInsider has been recently informed that Styles has officially signed on to the project. After just a few tweets, which have since been deleted, Prince Eric started trending on Twitter.

Sources say the initial reports about his casting were premature and that Styles made the decision to move on amicably.

The cast also includes Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Awkwafina as Scuttle, Javier Bardem as King Triton and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula. Still, there has been no official comment from Disney or Styles' team.

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Oscar victor Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks to join the film at King Triton, while Melissa McCarthy has been linked to the Ursula role. Another key role that has yet to be cast is Sebastian the crab, though Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is believed to be the frontrunner for the part, seeing as he's producing the movie and already writing new songs with Alan Menken, the Oscar-winning composer behind the original 1989 animated film.

Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall will helm the film which features a script by David Magee (Life of Pi, Mary Poppins Returns). Whether it was due to scheduling, creative differences or something in between, Styles and his glorious hair will reportedly not be gracing this particular Disney adaptation.

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