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Harry Styles turns down role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid remake

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 13/8/2019 Sean Morrison

Harry Styles has turned down the role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid.

The ex-One Direction singer was said to have been in talks with Disney over appearing in their live-action remake of the classic.

However, a source close to the 25-year-old confirmed to PA he had decided against taking the role

The entertainment giant has already announced singer Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in the film.

Harry Styles posing for the camera: No thanks: Harry Styles has turned down the offer (Photo by Handout/Helene Marie Pambrun via Getty Images) (Helene Marie Pambrun via Getty I) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited No thanks: Harry Styles has turned down the offer (Photo by Handout/Helene Marie Pambrun via Getty Images) (Helene Marie Pambrun via Getty I)

The movie is set to be directed by Rob Marshall and is scheduled to go into production in early 2020.

Bailey, 19, who is in musical duo Chloe X Halle with her sister Chloe, was cast after an "extensive search", Disney said.

The Little Mermaid will feature songs from the 1989 animated classic by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken (music) and Miranda (lyrics).

Marshall will also produce with John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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