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

HARRY Styles has turned down the role of Little Mermaid hunk Prince Eric for the upcoming live action movie remake.

The former One Direction heartthrob, 25, was in talks with Disney over appearing in their reimagining of the classic animated film.

But a source close to the star confirmed last night that he had decided against taking the part of mermaid Ariel's love interest.

Disney are yet to comment on Harry's decision to step away from the project.

The X Factor singer has made a move into Hollywood since leaving One Direction in 2016.

He made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan's Oscar-winning war film Dunkirk the following year.

And he reportedly auditioned for the role of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann's upcoming biopic of The King – but lost out to US actor Austin Butler.

Disney has already announced singer Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in the new live-action film.

Javier Bardem is also said to be in talks to play Ariel’s father, King Triton.

And Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are said to be auditioning for the roles of Ursula, Flounder and Scuttle.

Directed by Rob Marshall, it is due to go into production in early 2020.

Bailey, 19, who is in musical duo Chloe X Halle with her sister, 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 material.

It is the latest Disney classic to be repackaged following this year's remake of The Lion King – which stars Beyonce and Donald Glover.

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