MANILA, Philippines – Who might just kiss the girl this time? Hollywood has it that it may be One Direction frontman Harry Styles, who is in early negotiations to play Prince Eric in the upcoming live-action reboot of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
After the disbandment of One Direction in 2015, the solo artist ventured into acting, making his film debut in 2017’s Oscar-winning World War 2 drama Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan.
The news comes weeks after the announcement of Ariel being played by 19-year-old R&B singer Halle Bailey.
The Little Mermaid adaptation will be directed by Rob Marshall and written by David Magee. According to a Variety report, the live-action version will also incorporate original songs from the 1989 animation with new work by original composer Alan Menken and lyrics by Hamilton’s Lin Manuel-Miranda, who will also be producing alongside Marshall (Marry Poppins Returns, 2019’s Aladdin), Marc Platt, and John DeLuca.
There’s no news yet if the 1989 classics (“Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World” and “Kiss the Girl”) will be reimagined, or if Prince Eric is getting a solo – but we sure hope so, for the sake of Harry Styles’ powerful pipes!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, other celebs are also in talks to star, including Room’s Jacob Tremblay, Crazy Rich Asians’ Awkwafina, and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula.
The film is set for an early 2020 production date. – Rappler.com