Harry Styles' 'The Little Mermaid' Casting As Prince Eric-*Swoon

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Casting news clearly travels fastest when a member of One Direction is part of the story.

For fans of Harry Styles and The Little Mermaid, Tuesday was a roller coaster of emotions, as the singer and actor was rumored to have signed on to play Prince Eric in Disney's upcoming live action reboot of its 1989 animated classic and then, just as quickly, those rumors were shut down. The tweets were nearly immediately deleted, but that didn't stop the fandom from collectively going bonkers. That gives them plenty of time to recast the role of Prince Eric, and according to TheWrap, they're already close to naming Styles' replacement.

First, Disney fan blog the DisInsider reported that Styles had been cast, which was not unexpected, after The Hollywood Reporter said last month that Styles was in "early negotiations" to play Ariel's love interest. Vanity Fair also tweeted that Styles had been cast, only to remove the tweet and update the copy to include the word "reportedly".

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Disney's remake of The Little Mermaid will be directed by Rob Marshall (Mary Poppins Returns) from a script by David Magee. Something is obviously going down, so it wouldn't be surprising if an official announcement from Disney surfaced soon.

Halle Bailey will portray the Ariel, a mermaid princess who dreams of being a human, while Melissa McCarthy is playing her evil aunt Ursula. Styles took a couple weeks to think it over, but ultimately, he was unable to reach a deal, and politely passed on the Disney project. Oscar victor Javier Bardem is in talks to play King Triton, while Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play the villainous Ursula.

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