Harry Styles Has Reportedly Turned Down Prince Eric Role In The Little Mermaid


After a rather hectic day, Disney fans can go to sleep with the knowledge that teen-heartthrob Harry Styles will not be a part of The Little Mermaid.

Following a series of stories that claimed the former One Direction singer would be playing Ariel’s love interest, a new report from The Wrap suggests that Styles, though a fan of the project, has “respectfully declined” the role. And while Disney itself hasn’t exactly said anything about today’s whole fiasco, sources close to the film have divulged this information to the site.

What set off this rumor were a pair of tweets from two of the country’s biggest theater chains: AMC Theaters and Regal Cinemas. While both tweets have now been deleted, both of the companies’ Twitter pages inaccurately and mysteriously reported the “breaking news” earlier today.

But of course, this isn’t the first time the casting for the upcoming remake’s drawn controversy. The choice to have young Halle Bailey play Ariel, King Triton’s rebellious daughter, has caused quite a fuss online. Fortunately, fellow Disney stars like Donald Glover and Zendaya have come to Bailey’s defense, as she’s been forced to stand idly by as a #NotMyAriel campaign has grown more and more popular online.

We still have quite a long time before any substantial footage populates online, but for now, Styles would’ve-been fellow cast members include Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay and Javier Bardem.

Now that the idea’s dead and gone though, we’d like to get your thoughts. Do you think Styles would’ve been a good fit as Prince Eric? Is your heart broken now, or will you still see The Little Mermaid? Be sure to drop us a comment in the section down below.