Harry Styles Is Rumored to Play Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid Live-Action Remake

If true, he'll join Halle Bailey, who is playing Ariel.

By Alyssa Morin Jul 16, 2019 9:16 PMTags
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Will Harry Styles be part of Disney's world? Fans are crossing their fingers!

There's industry chatter that the former One Direction member is early in talks to play the iconic role of Prince Eric in Disney's upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. While it's just a rumor at this point, many online can't contain their excitement over the news.

"harry styles dressed as prince eric and getting a song ? yes ma'am i'll take it any day," one person shared on Twitter, alongside a video of a woman blowing a chef's kiss. Another fan enthusiastically wrote on social media, "PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN AND MY LIFE WILL BE COMPLETE!!!!"

The British star's possible The Little Mermaid casting comes weeks after he was in the running to play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann's upcoming drama. However, the role went to Austin Butler, which was announced earlier this week.

If the 25-year-old "Sign of the Times" singer is cast as the beloved Disney character, he'll join R&B singer Halle Bailey, who is stepping into the famous shoes (err, mermaid fin) of Ariel.

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The Chloe x Halle member's role was announced earlier this month.

"After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance—plus a glorious singing voice—all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role," director Rob Marshall said in a press statement shared with E! News.

Bailey joins Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina, who are reportedly playing Flounder and Scuttle. Additionally, Lin-Manuel Miranda will produce and write new music for the highly-anticipated remake. Others attached to the project are Marc Platt (producer), John DeLuca (producer) and Alan Menken (who is working on the music aspect of the film).

Melissa McCarthy is rumored to play Ursula.

According to the studio's press release earlier this month, "additional announcements regarding The Little Mermaid are expected in the coming weeks."

Production is set to begin in early 2020.