For a brief window of time, it looked like Harry Styles was heading under the sea.
In July, Styles was in early negotiations to play the role of Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, and on Tuesday rumours started spreading online that the Sign of the Times singer would play Prince Eric alongside a cast that includes Halle Bailey, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina and (reportedly) Melissa McCarthy.
American theatre chains AMC and Regal tweeted the news, saying his casting was “confirmed.” (Both tweets have since been deleted.)
Later Tuesday, industry publication The Wrap posted an article stating that Styles had turned down the role. Other publications in Hollywood quickly followed suit, confirming that the singer had in fact passed on Prince Eric.
Citing individuals familiar with the movie’s production, The Wraps’ post says “Styles is a fan of the project, but respectfully declined.”
Many Disney fans took to Twitter after news of the casting spread in July.
— Steph P (@stephneepee) July 17, 2019
me after hearing harry styles may be prince eric pic.twitter.com/uABTuHxfjw
— kakie (@kakiep83) July 17, 2019
me auditioning to be the paddle prince eric holds during the kiss the girl scene pic.twitter.com/E1VUw9twBd
— grace (@harrylilys) July 17, 2019
Me being the only person on the planet that doesn’t like Harry Styles as Prince Eric pic.twitter.com/XShRwKdFrb
— chloé lukasiak stan | updates & more (@chloeiskween) July 16, 2019
— Josué Monster (@EmoJoshy1) July 17, 2019
if Harry Styles gets cast as prince eric i will literally audition to play a grain of sand
— Amber $choll (@AmberScholl) July 16, 2019
Harry Styles as Prince Eric. That's it. That's the tweet. pic.twitter.com/QLX6QOCKjx
— 🇲🇽𝓛𝓲𝔃𝓫𝓮𝓽𝓱🇲🇽 (@LizTomlinsonHor) July 16, 2019
— ˗ˏˋ ♡⁷ˎˊ˗ (@jimins_besos) July 17, 2019
— chile (@simamartini) July 17, 2019
Harry Styles was born to be Prince Eric pic.twitter.com/SdQiSXIxPY
— America Singer (@postshawnmendes) July 16, 2019
Rather have Ian be prince Eric in the Little Mermaid than Harry Styles no offense. pic.twitter.com/K7n2kKmuzf
— Rissa Miller (@Rissa_Miller18) July 16, 2019
The film is directed by Rob Marshall and produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The film will feature songs from the animated classic by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken (music) and Miranda (lyrics).
Production is anticipated to begin in early 2020.
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