Little Mermaid live-action movie casts Prince Eric: Jonah Hauer-King nabs coveted Character
After months of speculation and hunting, Disney’s live-action picture of The Little Mermaid has found its Prince Eric. EW has verified that celebrity Jonah Hauer-King has been tapped to play the coveted role, which Harry Styles was previously in talks for.
Hauer-King will look opposite Halle Bailey as Ariel, together with Mary Poppins Returns helmer Rob Marshall directing. Also reportedly are Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, and Awkwafina as Scuttle.
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Based on Deadline, which first reported the information, Hauer-King was in the running alongside Krypton star Cameron Cuffe prior to the best decision was made.
Hauer-King, 24, previously appeared in 2017’s Little Girls miniseries and this season A Dog’s Way Home, and he most recently he starred in the BBC miniseries Earth on Fire. He’s set to appear in Once Upon a Time in Staten Island, a play film also starring Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale.
For The Little Mermaid, composer Alan Menken is cooperating with Lin-Manuel Miranda to create new tunes to accompany Menken and Howard Ashman’s first score. It appears certain that one half of R&B duo Chloe x Halle, Bailey, will be singing in the film, but no word yet on if Hauer-King will show off his pipes.
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