The Little Mermaid: Harry Styles gives Prince Eric a pass; search is on for a new prince opposite Halle Bailey

Harry Styles was amongst the top contenders to take on the role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid. However, the One Direction member has decided to give the role a miss. Read below for more details.
Harry Styles will not be starring opposite Halle Bailey in The Little Mermaid.Harry Styles will not be starring opposite Halle Bailey in The Little Mermaid.
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For weeks, we all have been envisioning One Direction member Harry Styles as Prince Eric in the live-animation of the Disney classic, The Little Mermaid. The Sign of the Times singer, made his Hollywood debut in Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (2017) and was appreciated for his scenes, even though they were limited. Hence, fans were super excited to see Harry as Prince Eric. However, sorry to burst your bubble, but Styles is giving Prince Eric a miss and will not be a part of The Little Mermaid.

According to Variety, a source revealed that the original reports of Harry's casting were premature. Styles has made an amicable decision to move on from the project. Harry's replacement is already in the works as the studio has begun looking for a new actor to play Prince Eric. A decision should be made shortly. On the other hand, Halle Bailey has been confirmed to play the role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play the villain Ursula while other cast members are reported to be Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina.

Are you sad to know that Harry Styles will not be playing Prince Eric opposite Halle Bailey's Ariel in The Little Mermaid? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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Meanwhile, when Entertainment Tonight spoke to Halle, the actress was ecstatic about being cast as the beloved mermaid. "Ariel was one of my favorite princesses growing up so it's a dream come true. I'm very excited and happy," Bailey shared.

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