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Former One Direction, Harry Styles has reportedly declined the chance to star as Prince Eric in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

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According to reports, Styles turned down the offer to play the love interest of Halle Bailey’s Ariel despite being a “fan of the project”. The studio is currently looking at other actors for the part.

Styles made his big-screen debut in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 war drama Dunkirk. In July, the pop star was one of the several actors shortlisted to play The King in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis Presley biopic, but the role ultimately went to Austin Butler.

The Little Mermaid will be directed by Rob Marshall and written by David Magee. The upcoming film will incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated classic, as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken with lyrics by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

 

By: Damilola Faustino

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