Harry Styles TURNED DOWN the role of Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid

Just a month after reports surfaced that One Direction singer Harry Styles was in talks to play Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, the singer has turned down the role.

The Wrap is reporting that the 25 year old singer is ‘a fan of the project,’ but he ‘respectfully declined’ the role.

Two major movie chains, Regal Cinemas and AMC Cinemas, both incorrectly tweeted on Tuesday that Styles had been cast as Prince Eric, but both tweets were deleted shortly thereafter. 

No Prince: Just a month after reports surfaced that One Direction singer Harry Styles was in talks to play Prince Eric in Disney's live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, the singer has turned down the role

No Prince: Just a month after reports surfaced that One Direction singer Harry Styles was in talks to play Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, the singer has turned down the role

Declined: The Wrap is reporting that the 25 year old singer is 'a fan of the project,' but he 'respectfully declined' the role

Declined: The Wrap is reporting that the 25 year old singer is ‘a fan of the project,’ but he ‘respectfully declined’ the role

The Hollywood Reporter revealed in mid-July that Styles was in ‘early talks’ with Disney for the Prince Eric role, alongside Halle Bailey, 19, as Ariel.

The cast also includes Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Awkwafina as Scuttle, Javier Bardem as King Triton and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula.

Variety has also confirmed that Styles has passed on the role, adding that their sources say Disney is already looking at other actors for the Prince Eric role and a decision on who is playing Prince Eric should come shortly.

Early talks: The Hollywood Reporter revealed in mid-July that Styles was in 'early talks' with Disney for the Prince Eric role, alongside Halle Bailey, 19, as Ariel

Early talks: The Hollywood Reporter revealed in mid-July that Styles was in ‘early talks’ with Disney for the Prince Eric role, alongside Halle Bailey, 19, as Ariel

Disney’s remake of The Little Mermaid will be directed by Rob Marshall (Mary Poppins Returns) from a script by David Magee.

This live-action remake will feature the same songs from the original 1989 animated classic by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, plus new songs written by Menken and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also produces.

Production is expected to begin in early 2020 on The Little Mermaid, with official casting updates expected in the coming weeks.

Original classic: The original 1989 animated classic The Little Mermaid is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's Danish fairy tale

Original classic: The original 1989 animated classic The Little Mermaid is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s Danish fairy tale

The original 1989 animated classic The Little Mermaid is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s Danish fairy tale.

The film would go on to win two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Under the Sea.

The Little Mermaid also started what became known as the Disney Renaissance, ushering in a decade of animated hits such as The Lion King and Aladdin, after a series of flops in the 1970s and 1980s.

Acting debut: Styles (above in 2012) made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan's 2017 WWII film Dunkirk, playing a young soldier named Alex

Acting debut: Styles (above in 2012) made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 WWII film Dunkirk, playing a young soldier named Alex

Styles made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 WWII film Dunkirk, playing a young soldier named Alex.

He was also up for the highly-coveted role of music legend Elvis Presley in a currently-untitled biopic from director Baz Luhrmann.

The role ultimately went to Austin Butler, with Tom Hanks on board to portray Elvis’ longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker.

No King: He was also up for the highly-coveted role of music legend Elvis Presley in a currently-untitled biopic from director Baz Luhrmann

No King: He was also up for the highly-coveted role of music legend Elvis Presley in a currently-untitled biopic from director Baz Luhrmann

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