Former One Direction band member and “Dunkirk” co-star Harry Styles is in early negotiations to play Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid”.
Once signed, he will join Halle Bailey as Ariel and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula in the Rob Marshall directed film which will incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated hit as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken with lyrics by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
David Magee wrote the script with Jane Goldman writing a previous draft. Miranda is also producing the film along with Marshall, Marc Platt and John DeLuca.
Styles’ hiring comes shortly after it was revealed he lost out the role of Elvis Presley to Austin Butler in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic about Elvis’ relationship with his manager.