Harry Styles as Prince Eric? The internet says yes
Just days after it was reported that Harry Styles was in the running to star in Baz Lurhmann’s Elvis biopic (which ultimately went to another actor), the former One Directioner may have his sights set on another iconic role. According to reports, Styles is in early negotiations to play Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.
I have to admit, Harry Styles is hardly a blip on my peripheral radar. I was too old to partake in all the One Direction mania that made him an international star, so as a Little Mermaid/Disney superfan, I didn’t really know how to feel about this. Then I saw some clips of him acting in Dunkirk, and all my fears were laid to rest. Boy band fame aside, this kid can act.
isn’t it funny how harry styles in real life is the embodiment of everything good & pure in the world but his character in dunkirk was willing to force a british ally off a boat to save himself https://t.co/pWnSywPp4V
— ally (@kiwifeeling) July 16, 2019
Obviously his star doesn’t shine as bright as Halle Bailey’s, who’s been cast to play Ariel, but it’s nigh impossible to find an actor who can match that woman, because she is a perfect angel (Harry Styles fans, please do not @ me). Still, people are very, very here for the idea of Styles starring in this movie, and who am I to argue with the masses?
Harry Styles playing as Prince Eric is what we ALL deserve pic.twitter.com/aUU4RUwaW8
— l🥀 (@piinkharry_) July 17, 2019
harry styles RADIATES prince eric energy. pic.twitter.com/qr3wHh8eSW
— emme (@arisonlyangcl) July 17, 2019
me after hearing harry styles may be prince eric pic.twitter.com/uABTuHxfjw
— frankie pangilinan (@kakiep83) July 17, 2019
People are also ready to audition for whatever role it takes to get them onset with Styles.
if Harry Styles gets cast as prince eric i will literally audition to play a grain of sand
— Amber Scholl (@AmberScholl) July 16, 2019
— ~hi (@simamartini) July 17, 2019
i will only accept harry styles as prince eric if im cast as ariel’s seductive gay brother who gets prince eric to abandon straight people altogether https://t.co/Qp2e8dqKDM
— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) July 17, 2019
auditioning for the role of sand particle in the little mermaid to see harry styles pic.twitter.com/X8mHo4UEYH
— Ryan. (@ctuallyryan) July 17, 2019
me auditioning as the eel minions in the little mermaid just to be near harry styles pic.twitter.com/FlkZushuyb
— uᴉɹou (@norindeyro) July 17, 2019
Me disguising myself as chicken tenders and fries on the set of The Little Mermaid crafty table so Harry Styles will pay me mind pic.twitter.com/GzpILUUpMu
— Leo (@leonardoshabla) July 17, 2019
I’m not gonna lie, when I first saw headlines I wasn’t here for it, but the internet may just have changed my mind.
— TJ🌸 (@sansllura) July 16, 2019
This outpouring of support comes after a lot of controversy over Bailey’s casting, which attracted a lot of racism. There are a lot of people out there who can’t handle the idea of a racially diverse cast in 2019. Poor, unfortunate souls. It’s sad, but true. Not gonna lie, I was kind of hoping for a non-white Prince Eric (Harry Shum Jr., anyone?) just to see the racists lose their shit a little more.
But whoever gets chosen as Prince Eric will likely join an absolutely epic cast. That’s kind of Disney’s jam lately (see: The Lion King) and Bailey is already an epic and perfect casting. In addition to her, Melissa McCarthy and Lizzo are two names we’ve heard thrown around for the role of Ursula, and either of them would be iconic in that role. And then there’s the job of playing King Triton, which Terry Crews has been pretty open about wanting. Basically, The Little Mermaid is shaping up to have another epic Disney cast, whether that includes Harry Styles or not. Though if it does not, the internet will apparently have some things to say about it.