Harry Styles Passes on 'Little Mermaid' Role

The former One Direction performer would have starred opposite ‘Grown-ish’ actress Halle Bailey, who will play Ariel.

Harry Styles will not be heading under the sea for Disney’s live-action Little Mermaid.

The Dunkirk actor is no longer in talks to play Prince Eric in the Rob Marshall-directed musical, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Grown-ish actress Halle Bailey will play Ariel, with Melissa McCarthy playing Ursula, Jacob Tremblay voicing Flounder and Awkwafina voicing Scuttle. 

Marc Platt, who worked with Marshall on Mary Poppins Returns and exec produced Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin remake, is producing. Marshall and John DeLuca are also producers on Mermaid, as is Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Styles made his feature acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic, and was recently in consideration to play Elvis in Baz Luhrman’s movie musical. (The part later went to Austin Butler).

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.


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