Needless to say playing Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid would have undoubtedly been a major boost for Harry Styles' acting endeavors, but evidently things just didn't work out and now the creative minds behind the movie will look elsewhere to find their Eric. That's what ensued on Tuesday afternoon when rumors swirled that Harry Styles had officially been cast to play Prince Eric opposite Halle Bailey's Ariel in the highly-anticipated, live-action reboot of The Little Mermaid. Now, we're not sure with all of this stands since the tweet was deleted. Styles took a couple weeks to think it over, but ultimately, he was unable to reach a deal, and politely passed on the Disney project. Vanity Fair also tweeted that Styles had been cast, only to remove the tweet and update the copy to include the word "reportedly". The upcoming film will incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated classic, as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken with lyrics by "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Rob Marshall (Mary Poppins Returns) is directing The Little Mermaid remake as well as producing alongside Marc Platt, John DeLuca and Miranda, and production is expected to start early next year. Marshall has also made his last three films at Disney, including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Into the Woods, and the Poppins sequel. That gives them plenty of time to recast the role of Prince Eric, and according to TheWrap, they're already close to naming Styles' replacement.
Disney's animated The Little Mermaid made over $211 million at the box office and became a bestseller on home video, popularizing songs like "Under The Sea" and "Part of Your World".