Harry Styles (Sort of) Explains Why He Turned Down Prince Eric Casting for ‘The Little Mermaid’ Remake

While many of us would have loved to see Harry Styles fully embody the essence of The Little Mermaid‘s Prince Eric, that dream sadly isn’t coming true.

In addition to a few other male celebs, the One Direction heartthrob was being considered to play the iconic Disney prince in the live action remake.

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After months of keeping fans on their toes, it was revealed that Styles turned down the role but never explained his reasoning for doing so.

Now, it seems as though he has given fans an explanation but his answer has us even more confused than before.

Styles recently shared why he turned down the role of Prince Eric

For months, it was speculated that Styles would be starring alongside Hailey Bailey in the upcoming Little Mermaid live-action remake.

The singer was reportedly “in talks” to play Prince Eric and many fans were itching to finally see him back on big screen.

Fans truly believed that this role was made for him and couldn’t help but swoon over the thought of Styles portraying the real-life Prince Eric.

However, it was soon revealed that the former One Direction member turned down the role and many fans couldn’t help but wonder why?

Although Styles briefly discussed why he turned down the opportunity to star in the upcoming live-action adaption, he recently went into more detail about his decision.

Aside from the fact that he wanted to focus on his music rather than an acting career, Styles shared that he just felt as though it wasn’t meant to be.

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On October 29, the singer sat down with Capital FM’s Roman, Vick, and Sonny on Capital Breakfast to open up about the Prince Eric casting he sadly turned down.

“I had a meeting with Rob Marshall the director, who is the most wonderful man, he’s great, and it was just honestly a few things and it just wasn’t… it’s going to be an amazing film,” he said.

After sharing his supposed reasoning, fans are more confused than ever and are trying to figure out what Styles meant but his explanation.

Styles wanted to focus more on his music

Although he gave us a pretty vague explanation as to why he turned down the role of Prince Eric, it wasn’t hard for us to figure out what pursuaded him to do so.

With Styles having recently released his brand new single, “Lights Up” and gearing up to drop a brand new album in the upcoming months, starring in a movie just wasn’t ideal for him at the moment.

Back in September, the singer shared with Face Magazine that though starring in The Little Mermaid “was discussed,” he just wanted to focus on his music more than acting.

​”I want to put music out and focus on that for a while,” he said. “But everyone involved in it was amazing, so I think it’s going to be great. I’ll enjoy watching it, I’m sure.”

Although we’re still a little sad that he won’t be playing Prince Eric, we can’t wait to hear all of the new music Styles has in store for us.

Just from his new song alone, we have a feeling his new album is going to be epic and definitely worth the wait!