Sorry fans of Harry Styles (Stylers? Stylists?), it looks like the singer won’t be joining the cast of The Little Mermaid.
A couple weeks ago, it was announced that the singer-actor was in talks with Disney to join the live-action adaptation of the 1989 film as Prince Eric. To be fair, he would have a been a good fit. He’s got the hair for it anyway.
According to TheWrap, Styles has since passed on the role. Outlets that reported him as cast in the project were premature in doing so. This is why there is a difference between actors in “talks” versus “cast”. As it was originally reported, the talks were still in the early stages. More or less, Disney and Styles were sort of feeling each other out.
The hunt continues for the live-action version of Prince Eric. While very nice looking and just plain nice in the 1989 film does not have much of personality. Hopefully, that will be corrected in the upcoming movie.
The cast includes Halle Bailey (grown-ish) in her first major film role as Ariel with Awkwafina (The Farewell) playing Scuttle and Jacob Tremblay (Good Boys) as Flounder. Melissa McCarthy (The Kitchen) will be playing Ursula.
Based of the 1989 movie, which was inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, the story follows young mermaid Ariel who wants to be human so bad that she makes a deal with the sea witch Ursula for legs in exchange for her voice. In order for the change to be permanent, she must obtain true love’s kiss from Prince Eric in three days time.
The live-action version will be directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) with David Magee (Finding Neverland) penning the script. Alan Menken will return to provide music new songs for the film with Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) penning the lyrics. Miranda also serves a a producer for the project.
Currently, there is not planned release date for the project.