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Harry Styles Declines Offer To Play Prince Eric In 'The Little Mermaid'

Harry Styles Declines Offer To Play Prince Eric In 'The Little Mermaid'

Despite earlier rumors, Harry Styles will NOT be starring in Disney’s The Little Mermaid live action!

The 25-year-old musician was reportedly offered the role in the musical remake opposite Halle Bailey, but turned it down, according to Variety.

Harry would have joined other rumored cast members who have also not officially been announced, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Awkwafina as Scuttle, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula.

While no other official casting announcements have been made by Walt Disney Studios, it is likely that more info will be revealed by director Rob Marshall at next weekend’s D23 Expo, which takes place from August 23rd until August 25th in Anaheim, Calif.

Auli'i Cravalho Can't Wait To See Halle Bailey As Ariel

Auli'i Cravalho Can't Wait To See Halle Bailey As Ariel

Auli’i Cravalho is raving about fellow Ariel Halle Bailey!

The 18-year-old actress dished about the 19-year-old actress being cast in the lead role of the upcoming The Little Mermaid live action remake.

“Oh, I can’t wait to see her and congratulate her,” she told ET. “Yeah I think there’s so much room for so many different types of Ariels and so many mermaids. I’m so honored to be able to lend my voice and my interpretation of Ariel and I cannot wait to see Halle‘s.”

Auli’i also opened up about her own opportunity to portray the mermaid.

“I’m so incredibly honored to be able to play one Disney princess that went beyond the reef and now to play another that goes under the sea, I am… My mind is blown!” she added. “So, we get to pay homage and appreciate the original animation and then we have live performances that are gonna be spectacular with not only me, thankfully, getting to play Ariel, but also Queen Latifah as Ursula and Shaggy as Sebastian. C’mon!”

Halle Bailey Breaks Silence on Backlash of Being Cast in 'The Little Mermaid'

Halle Bailey Breaks Silence on Backlash of Being Cast in 'The Little Mermaid'

Halley Bailey has no time for haters.

The 19-year-old actress is breaking her silence on the backlash she faced after being a person of color cast as Ariel in the upcoming The Little Mermaid live-action remake.

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“I feel like I’m dreaming,” Halle shared with Variety at the Power of Young Hollywood party. “And I’m just grateful. I don’t pay attention to the negativity; I just feel like this role is something bigger than me. And it’s going to be beautiful. I’m just so excited to be a part of it.”

After news broke of Halle Bailey‘s casting, the original Ariel Jodi Benson defended Disney for casting the young star in the role.

Auli'i Cravalho to Star in ABC's 'Little Mermaid' Concert Special

Auli'i Cravalho to Star in ABC's 'Little Mermaid' Concert Special

Auli’i Cravalho will be playing the role of Ariel in an upcoming live concert production of The Little Mermaid, which will air on ABC in the fall!

The 18-year-old actress is best known for voicing the title character in Disney’s animated movie Moana and for her starring role on the NBC series Rise.

Queen Latifah will be playing Ursula and reggae singer Shaggy has been cast as Sebastian.

The live event will happen in front of a studio audience and it will air on Tuesday, November 5 at 8pm. The special will interweave the live performances with clips from the animated movie. Music from the Broadway stage version of the musical will be included.

A live concert production of The Little Mermaid has been staged at the Hollywood Bowl two times so far, with Sara Bareilles and Lea Michele leading the casts. The film played on a big screen and whenever a song happened, the film would pause and the actors would come out on stage to perform the number.

There’s also a live film adaptation starring Halle Bailey in the works!

Asher Angel Auditioned To Play Prince Eric In 'The Little Mermaid'?!

Asher Angel Auditioned To Play Prince Eric In 'The Little Mermaid'?!

Asher Angel arrives at 2019 San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday (July 18) in San Diego, Calif.

The 16-year-old Andi Mack actor and singer was later seen greeting fans while walking around the convention.

While at Comic-Con, Asher shocked us all and revealed that he actually auditioned for the role of Prince Eric in the upcoming live action remake of The Little Mermaid!

“I’ve auditioned. I went in for it,” he told ET. “It means so much to me. I started off doing musical theater. One of my first ever shows, I was Flounder. It was really cute. There’s video everywhere, if you guys want to look it up.”

“I would love to do the live action, of course. There’s so many amazing people in it that I would love to work with,” he added.

Asher also dished about Halle Bailey being cast as Ariel.

“She’s gonna be amazing,” he said “She’s gonna kill it. Hopefully we get to work together.”

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