Harry Styles rumoured to be in talks to play Eric in ‘The Little Mermaid’

By Sarah Walker

Yet another A-lister may have signed on to star in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid ! Harry Styles of One Direction fame could take on the role of Prince Eric, according to a variety of reports.

The live-action remake of the iconic animated film is set to be directed by Rob Marshall and will star R&B artist Halle Bailey as Ariel. According to Variety, Alan Menken, who composed music for the original film, will help score the new version alongside Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda .

We can’t wait to see Halle as Ariel! Photo: © Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Canadian Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina will reportedly play Flounder and Scuttle, the fish and seagull who help Ariel woo Prince Eric. There’s also a rumour that Melissa McCarthy will play Ursula.

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Few other details about the remake are known, though production of the film is set to begin in early 2020. A recent press release said "additional announcements regarding The Little Mermaid are expected in the coming weeks."

If the rumours about Styles’s appearance in the project are true, it will be one of his biggest and most high-profile acting roles to date. He made his bigscreen debut in 2017 in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, and was recently in the running to play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic of the iconic artist.

In 2019, a source told The Sun the 25-year-old wanted to step away from his music career to focus on filmmaking.

“Acting is something he really enjoys and he's been working behind the camera on a number of different projects,” a source told the publication. “Harry has a base in LA and is ensconced with James Corden and his producer Ben Winston there. And right now he has absolutely no desire to get 1D back together.”

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