If there’s one thing the staff at We Got This Covered has learned today, it’s that the internet as a whole has the innate ability to hype rumors up to unbelievable levels, even if nothing has been officially confirmed.
As you’ve probably surmised, we’re referring to the recent report that Harry Styles has been cast as Prince Eric in the live-action Little Mermaid remake, which is set to begin filming early next year. As we mentioned in our original article, this rumor hasn’t been confirmed by Disney just yet and so far, all roads lead back to an unconfirmed report via TheDisInsider, which itself is based off an unnamed source.
Still, that hasn’t stopped the hype train from barreling down the tracks, and as CinemaBlend reports, fans all over have been flocking to Twitter to share their excitement, even if the news is still unconfirmed. While we imagine most of the emotional outbursts stem from Harry’s popularity as former singer for One Direction, there could be a few supporters who enjoyed his performance in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. Either way, we decided to share some of the best tweets that we came across during our search.
harry styles playing prince eric, both my childhood crushes, my two worlds colliding… it’s too much for me to process rn pic.twitter.com/mcmgby6PUE
— lesley ★ ☆ ★ ☆ (@SOYLESLEY777) August 13, 2019
me auditioning for the role of sand because Harry styles is playing Prince Eric pic.twitter.com/i4cNx9cHmm
— zoe? (@zoe_oliviaaa) August 13, 2019
Harry styles as Prince Eric. And me at the cinemas. We are at peak 1D fangirl moment again pic.twitter.com/Z1Tl5VT2Df
— andie bear ? (@gudboiitaehyung) August 13, 2019
On the other hand, some took the opportunity to remind others that this particular piece of casting news is unconfirmed and they wouldn’t get their hopes up until Disney announces it themselves. A few others, meanwhile, made it clear that they couldn’t care less about Styles.
i will release an official statement on harry styles playing prince eric when he personally confirms it via wet whisper directly into my ear
— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) August 13, 2019
Everyone is talking about Harry Styles as Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid and here I am waiting for Zootopia 2 pic.twitter.com/wDiShIhi2q
— Cameron Grant (@IAmCoolerCam101) August 13, 2019
Even though Prince Eric didn’t get the chance to sing in the original film, if the casting regarding Harry Styles turns out to be true, it could mean that Ariel’s love interest will get the chance to showcase his vocal talents this time around. In any case, hopefully we’ll hear more about The Little Mermaid during next week’s D23 expo.