Harry Styles in talks to play Prince Eric in Disney’s The Little Mermaid
The ex-One Direction frontman is likely to star opposite R&B singer Halle Bailey in Disney’s new take on the animated romance
Harry Styles, best known for his work in Dunkirk, is said to be in early negotiations to play Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
The Little Mermaid will be directed by Rob Marshall and written by David Magee. The upcoming film will incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated classic, as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken, with lyrics by Hamilton-creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Miranda is also producing the film along with Marshall, Marc Platt and John DeLuca. Jessica Virtue and Allison Erlikhman are overseeing for the studio.
When The Little Mermaid first hit theaters almost 30 years ago, it became a huge hit and was credited with sparking a Disney renaissance. The story, about a mermaid who falls in love with a human named Eric, introduced audiences to classic tunes like Under the Sea, Part of Your World and Kiss the Girl.
Styles was one of several actors up for the Elvis biopic at Warner Bros, a part which ultimately went to Austin Butler.