The wait for Prince Eric is over (Pictures: Getty/Disney)

The wait is finally over.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid live action remake has officially cast its Prince Eric after rumours about Harry Styles circulated.

London-based actor Jonah Hauer-King has landed the role of the royal, according to the Hollywood Reporter, making him one of the final members of the cast to be confirmed.

The 24-year-old has previously featured in films including A Dog’s Way Home and Ashes in the Snow, but might be best known for his TV appearances, including as Laurie in the BBC’s 2017 Little Women adaptation, and Harry Chase in recent drama World On Fire.

He’s venturing Under The Sea (Picture: WireImage)

The casting comes after rumours circulated about Harry landing the role. However, the former One Direction star later revealed he turned it down.

Chatting to Roman Kemp on Capital Breakfast earlier this year, the Lights Up singer was asked: ‘When The Little Mermaid was about, you were trending [on Twitter] because you were playing the part of Eric, what happened? Did you turn it down? Did you even audition? What’s the deal?’

‘I had, you know, a meeting with Rob Marshall the director, who is the most wonderful man, he’s great,’ Harry replied. ‘And it was just, honestly, it was just a few things.’

However, the 25-year-old added that he knew the upcoming film was going to be ‘amazing’ despite him not being involved.

Harry was previously rumoured to have landed the role (Picture: Getty Images)

The movie, which doesn’t yet have a release date, is coming together nicely after Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel.

Despite the teen facing some racist trolling after her announcement as the beloved Disney mermaid, she described the role as a ‘dream come true’.

The Disney prince has proved to be a difficult role to cast (Picture: Disney)

The 19-year-old singer-turned-actress said: ‘It means so much to me.

‘I feel very honoured and really grateful for the opportunity. Ariel was one of my favourite princesses growing up so it’s a dream come true. I’m very excited and happy.’

Melissa McCarthy landed the role of the villainous sea witch Ursula (depsite Lizzo giving it her best shot), while Javier Bardem will be King Triton.

Flounder will be voiced by Jacob Tremblay, Scuttle by Awkwafina, and Sebastian the crab by Daveed Diggs.

Safe to say, the cast is absolutely stellar and it looks set to be a cracking return to Under The Sea.

The Little Mermaid doesn’t yet have a release date but is expected in late 2021.



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