In 2019, the battle for the role of Prince Eric cho The Little Mermaid – The Little Mermaid as dramatic as the female lead. Rob Marshall’s team had a lot of headaches to find the most perfect prince, including many surprising names. Before choosing the 28-year-old male star Jonah Hauer-King, Disney wanted a cult star to join its project.
Sharing with Variety, director Rob Marshall confirmed that he actively approached and negotiated to invite former One Direction member Harry Styles to participate. Despite having an exciting and fun conversation, Styles ultimately turned down the role of Prince Eric.
Director Rob Marshall said: “We met him. He was lovely and wonderful, but at the end of the session he wanted to do darker, more adult film projects.” According to the director of MermaidHarry Styles does not want to act in musicals, “transforming” completely into an actor.
Harry Styles was originally targeted for the role of Prince Eric
This is a reasonable explanation because later on, Harry Styles chose to do rather thorny projects, like Don’t Worry Darling nice My Policeman. The performance of the rookie is quite mixed, but is compared to the young Frank Sinatra.
About the team Mermaid, director Rob Marshall was not too upset when the owner of the song As It Was rejected. He is happy because he finally has the grace to work with two new actors of the screen, namely Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric. The male star 9X is currently being praised for his bright acting, diverse expressions and good vocals.