Harry Styles says no to Disney for Little Mermaid's Prince Eric

Brenda Watkins
August 16, 2019

Worth noting: of all these cast members, Bailey is the only one confirmed by Disney.

One fan wrote: "Right so going from "harry styles confirmed to be prince eric" to "anything is yet to be confirmed" all the way to "harry styles has denied the role of prince eric" all in a matter of hours has been the worst form of heartbreak i have ever experienced".

Soon the theater chains deleted their tweets and a new report from The Wrap contradicted the casting news: Styles had turned down an offer to join the cast, people with knowledge of the situation said.

The rumors were reignited on Tuesday when DisInsider, a self-proclaimed "exclusive daily source of Disney news", reported that Styles committed to the project. Hence, fans were super excited to see Harry as Prince Eric.

Had he taken the role, Styles would have starred opposite Disney Channel star Halle Bailey, who's been cast as Ariel.

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"The Little Mermaid" will be directed by Rob Marshall and written by David Magee.

The film would go on to win two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Under the Sea. The new film will feature original songs from the 1989 animation and new songs from composer Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The Little Mermaid also started what became known as the Disney Renaissance, ushering in a decade of animated hits such as The Lion King and Aladdin, after a series of flops in the 1970s and 1980s.

Styles made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan's Oscar-winning war film Dunkirk in 2017 and reportedly auditioned for the role of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann's forthcoming biopic of the singer.

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