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


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.

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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.