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The Little Mermaid: Harry Styles Rejects Prince Eric Role in Live-Action Remake

Harry Styles was reportedly offered the role of Prince Eric in the upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid, but eventually the project continued.

We learned in July that Styles was in talks to play the Prince, but that the English singer was not sure if he would be available or suitable for the role. According to both The Wrap and Variety, Styles has now officially gone ahead with the project. Prince Eric would have said he would take if he so wished, but Styles eventually refused.

Although Prince Eric does not sing in the original animated movie 1989, this new version of the story will feature new songs from composer Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda, so it is likely that Disney will seek out an actor with a strong voice for the role. As a singer and former member of One Direction, Styles would have fit the bill.

Prince Eric is not the only major part that has yet to be officially cast, although Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks to play Ariel's father, King Triton. Some other important parts have already been cast: Halle Bailey will play Ariel, while Melissa McCarthy has been cast as her evil aunt Ursula. Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods) will direct.

It's been a good year for Disney's remakes, with Aladdin doing so well that they are considering a sequel and The Lion King becoming the highest grossing animated film ever. 1

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