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Harry Styles in talks to play Prince Eric in live-action 'The Little Mermaid'

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, July 17, 2019  /  07:38 pm
Harry Styles in talks to play Prince Eric in live-action 'The Little Mermaid'

Harry Styles attends the US premiere of 'Dunkirk' at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on July 18, 2017 in New York City. (AFP/Angela Weiss)

British singer Harry Styles is reportedly in the early phase of negotiations for the role of Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid, according to The Hollywood Reporter

The news came one week after it was confirmed that American singer Halle Bailey would play the lead role of Ariel.

Styles rose to fame in 2011 as a member of popular group One Direction. The group has released five albums since 2012 and announced a hiatus in 2016. In 2017, Styles released a self-titled debut album and starred in a Christopher Nolan film, Dunkirk.

Earlier this month, Variety reported that actors Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina would also star in the film, playing Ursula the sea witch, Flounder the fish and Scuttle the seagull, respectively. 

Read also: Disney live-action 'Little Mermaid' to star a black Ariel

Rob Marshall, who directed last year’s Mary Poppins Returns, will direct and coproduce with Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton musical fame. Miranda will also be involved in a new song composed by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken.

Previously, Marshall and Miranda worked together in Mary Poppins Returns, with Miranda playing Jack the lamplighter.

The live-action The Little Mermaid is set to start production in 2020. (wng)