Will Harry Styles Play Prince Eric in ‘The Little Mermaid?’ Why the Actor Allegedly Turned Down the Role

Rumors about Disney’s rebooted version of The Little Mermaid have been flying. The most recently proposed theory is that artist Harry Styles will portray Prince Eric in this live-action adaptation. However, later reports state that the actor turned down the role. Learn more about the movie and its cast here.

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Harry Styles | Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images For The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Will Harry Styles play Prince Eric?

We have some bad news for One Direction fans. According to reports from The Wrap, Harry Styles turned down the opportunity to play Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid. This news comes just hours after initial reports that Harry Styles would be in the live-action movie.

Variety wrote, “sources say the initial reports about his casting were premature and that Styles made the decision to move on amicably. The studio has already begun looking at others for the part and, according to sources, a decision should come shortly.”

Since Harry Styles passed on the part, there’s no news regarding who might play the role of Prince Eric. Some fans of BTS say their singer, Jimin, should portray the character. Others state actor Jordan Fisher should get the part.

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Harry Styles | Photo by Handout/Helene Marie Pambrun via Getty Images

Fans were disappointed that Harry Styles will not be in ‘The Little Mermaid’

After a night full of speculation, sources finally confirmed that Harry Styles turned down the role of Prince Eric. Some fans of the singers were devastated at the news. Others were happy because that meant Styles would be spending more time on his music, expressing their support on Twitter.

“Harry and his team knowing their promotional strategy was successful after getting every media outlet in existence to mention the name ‘Harry Styles,'” said one Twitter user.

“What a treat to be Harry Styles fan,” said another Twitter user. “A roller coaster of emotions, because he is so relevant! And he never does what is expected, but he does more, much more. And each time he blows us away! We agree, support, and love.”

Regardless, fans are still supportive of the artist. Since his time with One Direction, Styles released solo songs like “Sign of the Times.” Additionally, he acted as Alex in the film, Dunkirk, alongside Tom Hardy and Fionn Whitehead.

“Harry Styles is a prince with or without the ‘Prince Eric’ tag, by the way,” said one Twitter user.

Who will be in the cast of ‘The Little Mermaid?

There is much speculation regarding the cast of The Little Mermaid. After reports stated that Melissa McCarthy is “in talks” to portray the sea witch, Ursula, fans took to Twitter, suggesting other actors perfect for the part. Who will portray the role of Ursula has not been confirmed by Disney.

The only confirmed cast member (so far, anyway,) is Halle Bailey, who will portray the lead role of Ariel. Additionally, this fall, there will be a The Little Mermaid live stage production on ABC, starring Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho as Ariel.

Although the film is confirmed, fans might have to wait a few years before the premiere of The Little Mermaid. Reportedly, production of Disney’s rebooted classic starts sometime in 2020.