Harry Styles turns down role of Prince Eric in remake of The Little Mermaid

Harry Styles has turned down the chance to play the role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid.

The 25-year-old former One Direction singer was said to have been in talks with Disney over appearing in their live-action reimagining of the classic film.

However, a source close to the star confirmed that he has decided against taking the role.

Harry has been looking to build on his acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s Oscar-winning war film Dunkirk in 2017 but has reportedly failed to land a prominent role elsewhere.

He auditioned for the role of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic of the singer but US actor Austin Butler got the part instead.

Disney has already announced singer Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in the film, which is set to be directed by Rob Marshall and is scheduled to go into production in early 2020.

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Halle, 19, who is in musical duo Chloe X Halle with her sister Chloe, was cast after an “extensive search”, Disney said.

The Little Mermaid will feature songs from the 1989 animated classic by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Marshall will also produce with John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Miranda.

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