Harry Styles Turned Down The Role Of Little Mermaid’s Eric And We’re Not Mad About It

14 August 2019
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Twitter reactions may have had people believing Styles was the go-to option for everyone’s first crush, but we’ve got other ideas

As seems to be the driving trend in Hollywood today, if it’s not broke – reboot it. None of our childhood favourites are safe from the greedy hands of production companies and the directors hoping to put their spin on a classic, and if the recent outcome of the live-adaptation of The Lion King is anything to go by, sure the film might be widely panned by critics, but that won’t stop the masses from going just go have a look – if only to go back home and report back: “The animals were just too real.”

In the latest string of classics to get the reboot treatment, The Little Mermaid will receive a live-action remake courtesy of Walt Disney Studios and director Rob Marshall of Mary Poppins Returns. For some, the dream was Ariel. While for other young kids watching, Eric largely served as their first awakening – the strapping young prince with perfectly-coiffed dark hair and eyes of glacier blue was about as close to perfection as a cartoonist can come.

But with such perfection comes difficulty as casting directors now turn their attention towards who will play the part. It was first suggested by The Hollywood Reporter that Harry Styles was in “early negotiations” to play the iconic role. It made sense, given that Styles has a strong musical background, but after starring in Christopher Nolan’s widescreen World War II epic Dunkirk in 2017, he also proved his acting chops.

The announcement that Styles landed the role was met with great applause. Twitter users were practically in meltdown, swooning at the news as images of Styles in a billowing white shirt and sea-swept hair played on loop in their imagination.

But you can let these visions die. As The Wrap reports, Harry Styles has in fact turned down an offer to star as prince Eric in The Little Mermaid. The report states, “Styles is a fan of the project but respectfully declined.” It did appear that Styles had locked-in the role, but the Tweet from AMC Theatres announcing the casting has since been deleted and now the waiting game continues. Our suggestions: Henry Cavill, Dev Patel, or Timothee Chalamet to name a few.

Had he taken the role, Styles would have starred opposite actress and singer Halle Bailey, who is playing Ariel. The live-action remake will feature the 1989 animated classic’s original songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs with music by Menken and lyrics by Miranda. Production is anticipated to begin in early 2020 – that’s if they’ve found their Eric by then.


Via GQ Australia