Harry Styles transmitted Prince Eric's role in "The Little Mermaid," sources told Variety.
Sources say that the first information on his casting was premature and that Styles had made the decision to amicably. The studio has already begun to watch others for the role and, according to sources, a decision should be made shortly.
Halle Bailey will play Ariel, a mermaid princess who dreams of being human, while Melissa McCarthy plays her wicked Aunt Ursula.
"The Little Mermaid" will be directed by Rob Marshall and written by David Magee. The next film will include original songs from the animated classic of 1989, as well as new melodies by original composer Alan Menken, with the words of Hamilton's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda also produces the film with Marshall, Marc Platt and John DeLuca. Jessica Virtue and Allison Erlikhman supervise the studio.
The original "The Little Mermaid" was a resounding success when it debuted 30 years ago and was credited with creating a rebirth of Disney animation. The story of a mermaid who falls in love with a human named Eric, has presented to the public classical melodies such as "Under the Sea", "Part of Your World" and "Kiss the Girl".
The Wrap first reported Styles' news rejecting the role.