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Harry Styles in talks to play Prince Eric in live-action version of Disney’s Little Mermaid

Harry Styles in talks to play Prince Eric in live-action version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid… after missing out on Elvis Presley role

Harry Styles could take on the role of Prince Eric in the live-action remake of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

The former One Directioner – who just lost out on playing the role of Elvis Presley in the upcoming Baz Luhrmann movie – is in early talks to play the dashing prince, it has been revealed by The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday. 

Halle Bailey, of Chloe x Halle R&B duo, has already been named as the new Ariel in the re-imagining of the 1989 animation.

Big screen: Harry Styles is in early talks to play Prince Eric in the new live-action Disney remake of The Little Mermaid

Big screen: Harry Styles is in early talks to play Prince Eric in the new live-action Disney remake of The Little Mermaid

The casting of the new mermaid sparked a fierce debate online as to who could take the role of Prince Eric, with fans throwing out names such as Henry Cavill, Shawn Mendes and Nyle DiMarco.  

Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay have also joined the cast, rumored to be playing seagull Scuttle and Ariel’s best bud, Flounder, respectively.

Melissa McCarthy is rumored to be playing Ursula the Sea Witch.

Who will it be? There has been much debate on Twitter about who should play the dashing prince

Who will it be? There has been much debate on Twitter about who should play the dashing prince

The remake of the classic Disney tale is being directed by Rob Marshall.

‘After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,’ Marshall said in a statement following the announcement of the 19-year-old’s casting. 

Halle, who is a black actress, sparked controversy among some trolls online who wanted the actress to look exactly like the fictional character. 

Earlier this month is was revealed that Halle Bailey has landed the coveted lead role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid

Earlier this month is was revealed that Halle Bailey has landed the coveted lead role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid

Original: The original Ariel in the 1989 film saw a white mermaid with a purple sea shell bra, signature red hair and blue eyes

Original: The original Ariel in the 1989 film saw a white mermaid with a purple sea shell bra, signature red hair and blue eyes 

Hello Ariel! Halle confirmed the exciting news on Twitter, giving fans a look at the new African American Ariel

Hello Ariel! Halle confirmed the exciting news on Twitter, giving fans a look at the new African American Ariel

Disney-owned cable network Freeform was quick to defend the decision for casting Halle in the role.

‘The character of Ariel is a work of fiction,’ the network wrote in a lengthy letter to fans. ‘So after all this is said and done, and you still cannot get past the idea that choosing the incredible, sensational, highly-talented, gorgeous Halle Bailey is anything other than the INSPIRED casting that it is because she ‘doesn’t look like the cartoon one,’ oh boy, do I have some news for you…about you.’

Daily Mail UK

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