It was recently announced that Harry Styles turned down the role of Prince Eric in the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. Despite the fact that 1D fans around the world are heartbroken by the news, people have already been picking their choices for who should take on the iconic role. Here's a few people that I think would be a great co-star the new Ariel, Halle Bailey.
- Shawn Mendes
Even though Shawn isn't an actor, some fans think this would be a great movie debut for him. Shawn even once said that he wanted to get into acting and had received a few scripts. Everyone can admit that his looks and charm would make him the perfect Prince Eric! He's also really close in age to Halle Bailey, who was casted as Ariel. One big issue with casting Shawn is the fact that he is still on a world tour for his self-titled album.
- Gavin Leatherwood
Known for portraying Nicholas Scratch on "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," Gavin Leatherwood would be a pretty great Prince Eric. His acting skills on CAOS say it all, he's a fantastic actor and he won millions of people's hearts in the most recent season. We've seen him play both a bad guy and a good guy. He would be the perfect addition to the Disney family.
- Zayn Malik
Even though Harry Styles turned down the role, Disney doesn't have to go in a completely new direction. Zayn Malik would be able to follow his 1D bandmates footsteps and dive into the world of acting. Even though Prince Eric doesn't sing in the original film, it would be awesome if they added a new song and had Zayn sing it. He doesn't currently have an album release or tour announced, so the timing looks like it could check out!
- Timothée Chalamet
And finally, my top choice for Prince Eric is none other than Timothée Chalamet. Since he is currently one of Hollywood's biggest heart-throbs, he would be the the ultimate Prince Eric. First of all, he's one of the best up-and-coming actors and looks like a real-life Disney prince. We can only HOPE that this is a possibility!,
Regardless of who gets picked to be Prince Eric, it's still exciting that a remake is being made. While we wait to find out the entire cast, we can keep our fingers crossed and re-watch the original!