According to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, Harry Styles and Javier Bardem could join the cast of The Little Mermaid, Disney’s next real-life movie.
The casting of Disney’s new remake, The Little Mermaid, is taking shape. After the announcement of Halle Bailey in the role of Ariel, it is the turn of Prince Eric to reveal his face. And if nothing is certain yet, Variety has announced that Harry Styles is in full negotiation with the firm for the role. The former singer of One Direction is, therefore, more and more interested in the big screen. Indeed, the 25-year-old was spotted two years ago in Christopher Nolan’s brilliant Dunkerque. And the news does not stop there. According to The Hollywood Reporter Javier Bardem is also in discussion with Disney to embody Ariel’s father, King Triton. Again, nothing is official, as negotiations are still ongoing. On the other hand, what is certain is that the public will find Rob Marshall at the realization. He had recently worked for Disney with The Return of Mary Poppins (2018).
If Harry Styles is retained to play Prince Eric, it will make two singers in the lead roles. An interesting choice that places music at the center of this new adaptation. Especially since in the original cartoon of 1989, the prince does not push the ditty. A point that was however changed in the 2000s, when adapting the story to Broadway. As for the music, some mythical songs of the original cartoon will be taken again, but the spectators will discover new compositions realized by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Three classics adapted in one year
This is a new line of Disney, resume his classics and adapt them in real shots. Since the beginning of 2019, no less than three cartoons have appeared on the big screen: Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King. The latter was released Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in French theaters and is already announced as a success.