Fans of Harry Styles were excited by the rumors that the former One Direction member would play Prince Eric in the live-action version of “The Little Mermaid” by Disney. However, it appears that the fans would be disheartened to know the actor would not be part of the upcoming film.
Styles is no longer in talks to play the role, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The publication did not provide further details.
However, there are other reports claiming that it was actually Styles’ decision. The former One Direction member turned down the offer to star in “The Little Mermaid” remake as Prince Eric, sources told The Wrap.
It would have been Styles’ second movie role. In 2017, he made his debut on the big screen by playing Alex in “Dunkirk,” which also starred Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Barry Keoghan, James D’Arcy, Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden, Tom Glynn-Carney and Fionn Whitehead.
Also in 2017, Styles released his eponymous debut studio album as a solo artist. The album contained 10 tracks including “Sign of the Times,” “Two Ghosts,” “Sweet Creature” and “Kiwi.”
Recently, Styles was spotted filming a video in Scotland, according to Capital FM. There is still no statement from the English singer, songwriter and actor about the role of Prince Eric in “The Little Mermaid” remake.
Directing “The Little Mermaid” live-action movie is Rob Marshall. He directed “Chicago” in 2002, “Memoirs of a Geisha” in 2005, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” in 2011, “Into the Woods” in 2014 and “Mary Poppins Returns” in 2018.
Halle Bailey is playing Ariel, the lead character in “The Little Mermaid.” Joining her in the cast are Jacob Trempblay as Flounder and Awkwafina as Scuttle.
Meanwhile, watch the music video of “Sign of the Times” here: