Harry Styles has turned down the offer of playing the role as Prince Eric in the remake of the Disney classic “The Little Mermaid”. Much to the dismay of his fans.
One of Styles’ representative reported that the One Direction member is a fan of the project, but he respectfully declined the offer.
Early on Tuesday, both AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas tweeted about Styles’ involvement in the film, raising the speculations that he will be taking the role as Prince Eric in the movie. But as news began spreading across the web, the tweets were later deleted by both the theatre chains.
Just last month, rumours were flying that the 25-year-old singer was in talks to play Ariel’s counterpart in the live-action remake. Fans of the movie and even Directioners were thrilled at the possibility to witness the singer partnering up with rising actress Halle Bailey, who’s already confirmed as the Disney princess.
However, some fans took it the hard way once the unfortunate news surfaced. Here are some of the fans’ reaction upon knowing Styles will not be joining the project:
went from “Harry Styles is confirmed to be playing Prince Eric in Disney’s The Little Mermaid!” to “Harry styles has turned down the role of Prince Eric.”
STOP PLAYING WITH MY FEELINGS. pic.twitter.com/wXOUAoSzC5
— —✨ (@sultanaxstyles) August 14, 2019
the person behind the amc/regal twitter accounts after falsely tweeting that harry was prince eric: pic.twitter.com/nHGQs8oBzqADVERTISEMENT
— pal 2 (@flickerhoney) August 14, 2019
Director of Disney’s “Into The Woods” (2014), Rob Marshall is set to return to the director’s chair for this remake, while John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda will be in charge of productions. The scripts will be handled by David Magee, the hands behind “Mary Poppins Returns” (2018).
“The Little Mermaid” live-action remake will feature the 1989 classic songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs with music by Menken and lyrics by Miranda. Filming will be anticipated to begin in early 2020.
Additional announcement regarding the movie are expected in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more updates.