The Little Mermaid Remake Cast Adds Jonah Hauer-King

Brenda Watkins
November 15, 2019

We exclusively told you back in September that Jonah Hauer-King was in the running for the role of Prince Eric in Disney's live-action The Little Mermaid, and today he won the role in the Rob Marshall directed movie.

So Hauer-King now joins Halle Bailey, who will be playing Ariel, as the only other confirmed member of the cast (though Melissa McCarthy was at one point rumored to be in talks to play Ursula).

After the financial success of contemporary stay-action endeavors such as The Lion King and Elegance and the Beast (both of which cleared a thousand million dollars at the worldwide field space of job), Disney is undoubtedly leaning into its stay-action remake game, and The Minute Mermaid is the next traditional cartoon to ranking the treatment.

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Earlier, singer-songwriter Harry Styles was being eyed for Prince Eric's role who turned it down for music. Javier Bardem is said to be circling the role of King Triton, Ariel's powerful father. The film will be produced by Marshall, Marc Platt, John DeLuca, and Miranda.

Hauer-King is a 24-year-old actor who previously appeared as Laurie on the BBC miniseries "Little Women" and as Lucas in the film "A Dog's Way Home". His upcoming project "Once Upon a Time in Staten Island" is now in post-production awaiting a release date as well as "The Song of Names", which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September. It will feature original songs from the 1989 animated movie, as well as new tunes by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) and the movie's original composer, Alan Menken. The franchise has included two direct-to-video follow-ups and a Broadway musical, and audiences have expressed their continued interest in the story of "The Little Mermaid" after ABC saw good ratings for their live musical television special.

No release date for the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid has been announced. Pictured are the actors at curtain call at the opening night of Broadway's "The Little Mermaid" on January 10, 2008 in New York City.

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