Get ready for another trip under the sea! Prince Eric has finally been cast for the upcoming Disney live-action The Little Mermaid.
Deadline reports that Jonah Hauer-King has officially been cast as Ariel’s dreamy prince. Previously, other actors in the running for the role included Syfy series’ Krypton star Cameron Cuffee and Harry Styles.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Styles was in talks to portray Prince Eric, but the negotiations fell through. The final decision came down to Cuffee and Hauer-King, with the latter winning out.
London-based Hauer-King is a relative newcomer with credits on his IMDB only dating back to 2014. He is best known for playing Laurie Laurence in the 2017 BBC miniseries Little Women and his role of Lucas in the 2019 film A Dog Way’s Home.
Hauer-King definitely has the looks to portray Prince Eric, who is arguably Disney’s hottest prince, but he may also bring a more musical element to the character. Videos on YouTube show him both singing and playing the guitar. Perhaps, in this version, Prince Eric will get his own solo number.
Hauer-King’s casting as Eric is the last major role to be filled in the live-action The Little Mermaid. Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel with Jacob Tremblay voicing Ariel’s best friend Flounder and Daveed Diggs voicing the singing crab Sebastian. Awkwafina will voice the seagull Scuttle. Javier Bardem will play Ariel’s father, King Triton, and face off against Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, the evil sea witch.
Rob Marshall is set to direct the live action take on the 1989 Disney classic. In addition to the original songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, new songs are being written by Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Production is rumored to begin in early 2020.
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Written by Jillian Law