British singer Harry Styles has refused to play the role of Prince Eric in the new version of The little Mermaid after several weeks of negotiations with Disney, as reported by specialized media in Hollywood that cited sources close to the production.
According to the magazine Variety, Styles and Disney have interrupted in a friendly way the talks about their possible incorporation to the cast, a news that came to light a few weeks ago when, according to the aforementioned medium, the negotiation was still in premature phase.
Had his signing thrived, the former One Direction group component would have embodied Eric, the human prince that catches Ariel's attention, in the new version with real actors that Disney prepares for his musical classic.
This would not be the first time that Styles puts himself in front of the cameras since he previously participated in ‘Dunkerque’
This would not be the first time that Styles puts himself in front of the cameras since he previously participated in Dunkirk (2017), a drama about World War II directed by Christopher Nolan and received the nomination for best film at the Oscars.
Precisely the news of the possible contract of Styles with Disney came at the time that another media, Deadline, advance last month that the Spanish actor Javier Bardem negotiated its incorporation to the cast of The little Mermaid to play King Triton, Ariel's father in the musical classic. The information was subsequently corroborated by other publications of the film industry, but Disney has not yet made official the incorporation of the Spanish actor.
So far, the cast of the new version of the musical has the confirmations of actress Melissa McCarthy in the role of Ursula, actor Jacob Tremblay to put the fish Flounder and actress Awkwafina to do the same with the seagull Scuttle. Also the singer Halle Bailey, who along with his sister Chloe composes the musical duo Chloe x Halle, will be the protagonist Ariel.
The project to return ‘The Little Mermaid’ to the big screen fits with Disney's strategy to readjust its animated classics
The project to return The little Mermaid The big screen with a new approach fits into Disney's strategy of retrofitting its animated classics with new digital technologies or with flesh and blood actors.
This year has already released Dumbo, with Tim Burton in the director's chair, and Aladdin, with Guy Ritchie in charge of operations, while The Lion King, with Jon Favreau as a filmmaker, he is still at the box office in cinemas around the world.