Harry Styles in talks to play Prince Eric in Disney’s Little Mermaid
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that former One Direction member Harry Styles is the latest to be enlisted for Disney’s live-action Little Mermaid. Styles will fill the role of Prince Eric, voiced by Christopher Daniel Barnes in the original animated film.
Styles joins a cast that includes Halle Bailey (Grown-ish) in the lead role as Ariel plus Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Ariel’s best friend who is a fish; Awkwafina as Scuttle, the seagull friend of the princess; and Melissa McCarthy, who is currently in talks to play the role of the vile Ursula.
Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall will helm the film which features a script by David Magee (Life of Pi, Mary Poppins Returns). No stranger to musicals, or working for Disney, Marshall was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for his feature film debut, Chicago. Since then, he’s helmed the likes of Memoirs of a Geisha and Nine. Marshall has also made his last three films at Disney, including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Into the Woods, and the Poppins sequel.
For their new version of The Little Mermaid, Disney is pairing Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken to create a blend of old and new songs that will be featured in the upcoming big screen version. Miranda and Marshall also worked together on Mary Poppins Returns.
Disney’s animated The Little Mermaid made over $211 million at the box office and became a bestseller on home video, popularizing songs like “Under The Sea” and “Part of Your World.” Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s Danish fairy tale, it tells the story of a 16-year-old mermaid princess named Ariel who longs to be human.
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