Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid movie has finally found its Prince Eric, and he’s a rising star who might just look familiar.
Jonah Hauer-King, who appeared as Paul Wilcox in the BBC’s Howards End miniseries and Laurie Laurence in its Little Women adaptation, has landed the romantic lead role.
According to Deadline, he and fellow Brit Cameron Cuffe (Krypton, Florence Foster Jenkins) tested for the role at London’s Pinewood Studios in September, but Hauer King – who also stars in the BBC war drama World on Fire – has now secured the part.
Over the summer it was reported that One Direction’s Harry Styles was “in talks” to play Prince Eric, but he’s understood to have since backed away from the project.
R&B singer Halle Bailey is starring as Ariel, while Melissa McCarthy will play iconic villainess Ursula. In addition, Awkwafina has been cast as Scuttle and Room‘s Jacob Tremblay will portray Flounder. Javier Bardem is said to be circling the role of King Triton, Ariel’s powerful father.
Rob Marshall, who previously made the acclaimed movie-musicals Chicago and Into the Woods, is directing the live-action movie, which will feature songs from Disney’s classic animated Little Mermaid movie from 1989. In addition, longtime Disney songwriter Alan Menken is working on new tracks for the remake with Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Shooting is due to begin early next year – bring it on. And in the meantime, you can check out Jonah Hauer-King showing off his vocal chops on his cover of Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah” that Disney fans have found on YouTube.
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