Sources say the initial reports about his casting were premature and that Styles made the decision to move on amicably.
According to The Wrap, the actor-singer has "respectfully declined" the plum role. Styles was indeed being considered for the film, but there's a big difference between being considered and actually signing on. Early Tuesday, two large movie theater chains tweeted that Harry Styles was confirmed for the role of Prince Eric, which sparked a flurry of excitement in the Twitter-verse. Sometimes it works out! The character was voiced by Christopher Daniel Barnes in the original Little Mermaid.
The popular Disney film's live action remake has been a topic of discussion recently, after Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel and she was subject to some unjust backlash, and Harry was a sure victor to be cast opposite the young actress. In other words, there's always a chance McCarthy, Tremblay, Awkwafina, and Bardem could make like Styles and walk away.More news: Shootout kills California officer, suspect
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Alan Menken, the composer of the original Little Mermaid, will also be back to handle the remake's music and co-write new songs with Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is also a co-producer.
Some expressed suspicion, realizing that the information is based on rumors and suspicion and writing, "i want to fully believe harry will play prince eric but i also have trust issues".
The remake will be directed by Rob Marshall, who's worked on Chicago, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Into The Woods and Mary Poppins Returns. When a sea witch named Ursula offers to send Ariel to the human world in exchange for her attractive voice, Ariel accepts, but the upshot isn't what Ariel expects.