The Little Mermaid Remake Casts Its Prince Eric After Harry Styles Turns It Down

Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid has found its Prince Eric. Say hello to British actor Jonah Hauer-King.

By Alyssa Morin Nov 13, 2019 2:13 AMTags
Jonah Hauer-King, Prince Eric, The Little MermaidRich Polk/Getty Images

British actor Jonah Hauer-King is going "Under the Sea!"

Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid has finally found its Prince Eric. On Tuesday, multiple publications reported that the 24-year-old actor earned the coveted role in the Rob Marshall directed movie.

For most, this news is a big deal, especially since Harry Styles was in the running to play Prince Eric earlier this year. However, a source close to the project previously told E! News, "While [Harry] is a fan of the project, he has respectfully declined the offer." 

The former One Direction member also addressed the casting in September. "I want to put music out and focus on that for a while," he said in an interview with The Face magazine. "But everyone involved in it was amazing...So I think it's going to be great."

He added, "I'll enjoy watching it, I'm sure."

Jonah, who recently starred in A Dog's Way Home and Little Women, joins Halle Bailey in Disney's live-action remake.

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Back in July, Bailey earned the leading role of Ariel, and as of right now, she and the British actor are the only two confirmed for the project. However, rumors have swirled online that Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy and other power players are joining the cast.

Scroll through our gallery below to see what A-list stars are in the running for The Little Mermaid movie.


Halle Bailey is Disney's leading lady for the much anticipated live-action remake. The singer, who rose to fame as part of the duo Chloe x Halle, also stars in Grown-ish as Sky Forster. "dream come true...," she said in 2019 after being cast as the mermaid princess.

Prince Eric

Jonah Hauer-King is going to be part of Ariel's world, after earning the coveted role of the charming prince. You might also recognize him from Little WomenWorld on Fire and A Dog's Way Home.

King Triton

Skyfall star Javier Bardem is going to be one fierce king of the sea. He secured the highly-sought-after role of Ariel's overly-protective father.


Fins crossed that Jacob Tremblay will be the most Wonder-ful Flounder!


From Hamilton to Sebastian! Daveed Diggs will bring his Broadway talents to the big screen as the voice of Ariel's bestie (and fraidy cat) Sebastian the singing crab.


Fans are already roaring with delight over Melissa McCarthy's upcoming role as the evil sea witch. Are Gilmore Girls groupies ready for this one?


Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) will wield a dinglehopper in the live-action remake of this Disney classic by voicing Scuttle the seagull. 

While fans wait for Disney to confirm more of its cast, one thing is certain: production will begin in early 2020! Fins crossed the studio shares more details soon.