Mermaid, being directed by Rob Marshall, is in the throes of casting, recently finding his Ariel with R & B singer Hall Bailey of Chloe x Hall fame. Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are also in talks to be part of Disney's world.
Eric is the human prince who catches Ariel's eye. The mermaid saves the prince from drowning and then makes a deal with the sea witch Ursula to exchange her voice for legs in order for a chance to make him love her. He is key in the final battle against Ursula.
The casting of Styles and Bailey shows the studio's intent to make the music a central component of the remake. Interestingly, the character of Eric performs no songs in the 1
Styles was famously a member of a boy band One Direction who then struck out on a successful solo career. He made his acting debut with Dunkirk Christopher Nolan's World War II drama that grossed over $ 526 million worldwide and collected several Oscars.
The budding actor had been tested for a new project for the lead in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic. This part went to Austin Butler earlier this week.
The animated original 1989 best original song and score Oscars for Alan Menken. Alan Menken wants to update his score, and wants to compose a new song with lyrics from Lin-Manuel Miranda.
An early 2020 production start is being planned.
Marc Platt, who worked with Marshall on Disney's Mary Poppins Returns and exec produced the studio's live action Aladdin remake, is producing. Marshall and John DeLuca are also producers Mermaid as is Miranda.