– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The train that is The Little Mermaid keeps on chugging along. In recent weeks, we’ve had several casting reports including the confirmation that Halle Bailey would be taking on the titular role of Ariel. But, of course, that leaves several key roles open including King Triton, that one French chef, and Prince Eric, the object of Ariel’s naive affection.

According to THR, Harry Styles is in talks to play the role of Prince Eric in the live-action remake from Disney. Styles is known for being a member of the boy band One Direction, but he also starred in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, showing his chops as an actor.

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In the original animated film, Prince Eric is saved by Ariel. Ariel becomes smitten by him and gives up her legs in a deal with Ursula in order to earn his affection…and it’s a pretty disturbing premise with some odd implications now that I’ve typed it up. Regardless, this is the basis for the new film.

One note here is that between the casting of Bailey and Styles, it’s clear that they’re focusing hard on signing singers to their roles.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.