In a surprising turn of events, Collider reports that Harry Styles is in talks to play Prince Eric in Disney’s live action remake of The Little Mermaid. It is clear that this remake desires to be as progressive (or dare I say controversial) as possible, given the recent news of Halle Bailey’s casting as Ariel.
An interracial coupling would definitely be a new addition to the Disney live action canon. It seems that this remake will be focusing on the music elements a bit more, since both Bailey and Styles are predominantly musicians, though they act as well. Styles made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and gave a decent performance, holding his own amidst a star-studded cast, while Bailey is currently on TV show Grown-ish.
Styles recently lost the role of Elvis to Austin Butler for the upcoming Elvis biopic, so getting Prince Eric might be a salve for that wound. As with every casting choice, we should wait for the end product before we take up arms. Styles can certainly pull off the charm of Prince Eric, and looks-wise, he isn’t too far off. So let’s give the young man a chance to kiss the girl, shall we?