Newcomer Jonah Hauer-King (“World on Fire,” “Little Women”) has been cast as Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action remake of the 1989 animated classic “The Little Mermaid”.
At one point singer Harry Styles was is in early talks for the role, but ended up passing. Hauer-King had two screen tests, the most recent being last week in London with director Rob Marshall.
He will star opposite Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as her evil aunt Ursula, Javier Bardem as King Triton and Daveed Diggs as Sebastian.
David Magee is penning the film with Marshall, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Marc Platt and John DeLuca producing.