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Harry Styles is said to be Disney's choice to play Prince Eric in Revamped The Little Mermaid



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Singer Harry Styles of the boyband One Direction is in talks where he is to be cast as Prince Eric Hall of Bailey Ariel in the Disney live action remake of The Little Mermaid.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, negotiations are still in its infancy, but if Styles is cast, it would show that Disney definitely intends to do so. Music is a key component of the replica of one of his classics.

And Styles joined a cast, reportedly including not only Bailey, but also the comedian Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, the Sea Witch, as well as Awkwafina of Crazy Rich Asians and Jacob Tremblay of Room] featured roles, reports The Guardian.

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However, if Styles is the one, the casting for Halle Bailey's Prince will be the same as that of The The Political Editor of Root, Jason Johnson, predicted the following to a white man:

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As Johnson noted, such a casting raises questions about it How far Disney and perhaps other big studios are really prepared when it comes to casting diversity:

It's not about interracial relationships in television and film, but about interracial couples only look in one direction It seems to be more about strengthening existing racist and sexual dynamics than actual diversity.

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Disney can look back on a long history of failing to bring black women and men together as romantic protagonists. A black princess should have a black prince, just like any other Disney princess a prince of her own race (with the exception of Pocahontas, because that's vaguely historical).

The big question here, then, may not be whether a fictional mermaid can be played an actress of any race. The answer is certainly a clear "yes".

No, the real question might be whether Disney and Hollywood really see black actors and blacks as "each person." and thus able to lead a mainstream movie on its own, as white actors do every day in every kind of "Every Person" movie that comes on the big and small screen.


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