Harry Styles Declines Role To Play Prince Eric In The Little Mermaid Remake

13 August 2019, 21:03 | Updated: 14 August 2019, 11:15

Harry Styles has rejected the chance to play Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid
Harry Styles has rejected the chance to play Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid. Picture: Disney / Getty

Harry Styles has "respectfully declined" the role of Prince Eric in Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

Harry Styles reportedly signed on to play Prince Eric in Disney's upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, however it has since come out that the 'Sign of the Times' singer has "respectfully declined" the role.

The DisInsider was exclusively informed the One Direction singer would star alongside Halle Bailey, who has the position of Ariel in the live-action Disney remake. These claims appear to be false, as a source told The Wrap that while he was a "fan" of the project, he would not be taking on the role.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harry had been having discussions about him voicing the prince who falls in love with Ariel – a mermaid with a fascination with the human world.

Harry Styles recently missed out on the role of Elvis Presley
Harry Styles recently missed out on the role of Elvis Presley. Picture: Getty

Eric doesn’t have any singing moments in the original The Little Mermaid movie, but given Harry’s singing background the remake could have utilised his vocal talents.

Singer Halle Bailey was recently cast as Ariel in the highly-anticipated movie, after the 19 year old rose to fame through Chloe x Halle, the musical partnership with her sister Chloe.

Melissa McCarthy will reportedly take the role of Ursula, the villainous sea witch.

While fans were begging for Harry to land the role of Eric, he unfortunately missed out on a few other recent film roles he was rumoured to be in the running for.

Harry was said to be in discussions to play Elvis Presley in the upcoming biopic about the musical legend but the role went to Austin Butler following a supposedly competitive casting process involving Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller and Harry Styles.

Harry has previously starred in Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, to which he received critical acclaim for his Hollywood blockbuster debut.

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