Harry Styles in talks for Little Mermaid's Prince Eric

Harry Styles in talks for Little Mermaid's Prince Eric

Styles was the youngest member of the British boy-band One Direction, with Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik.

Harry Styles at the 2019 Met Gala in NY.

The animated version of "The Little Mermaid" launched in theaters back in 1989, opening in third-place overall against the films "Harlem Nights", "Steel Magnolias", "Prancer", and "All Dogs Go To Heaven" with a $6M debut. Plus, these comparisons by Twitter users have us convinced he's an IRL Prince Eric as it is. One day after the announcement that the One Direction star is "in early negotiations to play the iconic "Little Mermaid" role", the internet exploded with speculation as to how he would portray the object of Ariel's affections. However, nothing has been confirmed yet. It is clear that this remake desires to be as progressive (or dare I say controversial) as possible, given the recent news of Halle Bailey's casting as Ariel.

In the film, Ariel falls in love with Prince Eric after saving him from drowning. Doubters should also listen to the romantic ballad, "Her Voice", another place where Styles' leading man good-looks and charm is sure to enchant. He is also a key in the final battle against Ursula.

Austin Butler came out on top for the Elvis Presley role, and so it is now believed Harry will commit to Prince Eric instead.

Kroll said it's possible that Styles "may still be on the fence" about joining the movie. But then again, it is still at a speculative stage right now. It's worth noting that neither outlet has a source listed, but seeing as how their stories went live within minutes of each other, it's likely that both Collider and The Hollywood Reporter have spoken to the same industry insider.

Halle Bailey has already been cast as Ariel and there are reports Melissa McCarthy could play Ursula. Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina and Room breakout Jacob Tremblay are also in talks to feature. Back in March, Prince Eric trended on Twitter after a user suggested that Styles would make the ideal choice for the character.

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