Harry Styles in early talks to play Prince Eric in Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ remake

Disney has found its Prince Eric for its live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid” as actor and singer Harry Styles is in early talks to star in Rob Marshall’s film as Prince Eric, an individual with knowledge of the project tells The Wrap.

Styles would star opposite actress and singer Halle Bailey as the lead Ariel. Best known for headlining British boy band One Direction, Styles made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” and was recently one of the top contenders who screen-tested to star for the role of Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic about the late singer. The part ended up going to Austin Butler.

Marshall is directing, and the film is produced by John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. David Magee (“Mary Poppins Returns”) wrote the script.

“The Little Mermaid” live-action remake will feature the 1989 animated classic’s original songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs with music by Menken and lyrics by Miranda.

Production is anticipated to begin in early 2020. Additional announcements regarding “The Little Mermaid” are expected in the coming weeks.

The original “The Little Mermaid” follows princess Ariel, a teenage mermaid who dreams of living on the surface world and marrying Prince Eric. Her fortunes change when a sea witch named Ursula offers to send Ariel to the human world in exchange for her beautiful voice. It won two Oscars for Disney for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for the track “Under the Sea.”

Styles is repped by CAA.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 03: Harry Styles from X Factor group '1 Direction' sighted arriving at Fountain Studios on December 3, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic)
Harry Styles of boy band One Direction at Fountain Studios in London for the X Factor eviction show. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
X Factor's One Direction members Harry Styles (left) and Niall Horan arrive for an autograph signing session at the HMV store, Bradford.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 29: Harry Styles from X-Factor group '1Direction', sighted at recording studio in Battersea on November 29, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 12: Harry Styles of One Direction launches their new Nokia handsets at The Carphone Warehouse on October 12, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
Four of the five members of One Direction, left to right: Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan (seated) Liam Payne and Harry Styles at a secret X factor gig, sponsored by Talk Talk, at the Hospital in London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
RIDGMONT, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 21: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Harry Styles launch new album and Black Friday Deals Week at Amazon.co.uk's warehouse at Marston Gate Fulfilment Centre on November 21, 2011 in Ridgmont, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
EXCLUSIVE TO PRESS ASSOCIATION. Harry Styles of One Direction performs during the BBC Children In Need Appeal 2011, at the BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, White City, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
EXCLUSIVE TO PRESS ASSOCIATION. Harry Styles of One Direction performs during the BBC Children In Need Appeal 2011, at the BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, White City, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 21: Harry Styles performs at the Civic Hall on December 21, 2011 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Michelle Moore/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: Harry Styles of One Direction appears on NBC News' "Today" show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Harry Styles of One Direction appears on NBC News' "Today" show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: One Direction (l-r) Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik appear on NBC News' "Today" show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
One Direction (from left to right) Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik arrive at Radio 1 in London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 10: Harry Styles from 'One Direction' seen at BBC Radio One on August 10, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Harry Styles of one Direction signs their new book 'One Direction: Forever Young: Our Official X-Factor Story' at HMV on March 7, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 20: Harry Styles of One Direction attends the season finale of Fox's "The X Factor" at CBS Television City on December 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Harry Styles of One Direction performs during Z100's Jingle Ball 2012 presented by Aeropostale at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Pictured: Harry Styles of One Direction appears on NBC News' "Today" show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 19: Harry Styles of 'One Direction' performs onstage on FOX's "The X Factor" Season 3 Live Finale on December 19, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/FOX via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: Harry Styles of One Direction performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on November 26, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Harry Styles American Music Awards 2014 Los Angeles, CA November 24, 2014 ��Kurt Krieger (Photo by Kurt Krieger/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Harry Styles of One Direction poses in the press room at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 12: Harry Styles of One Direction performs on stage during the "40 Principales" awards 2013 ceremony at the Barclaycard Center (Palacio de los Deportes) on December 12, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: Harry Styles in Manhattan on December 20, 2014 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Harry Styles attends the Glam Rock Christmas party to celebrate the collaboration between House of Hackney and Terry De Havilland at The Scotch of St James on December 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for House of Hackney)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Harry Styles attends the British Fashion Awards at London Coliseum on December 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 12: Special guest Harry Styles sits in for James Corden during "The Late Late Show with James Corden," Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (12:35 PM-1:37 AM ET/PT) On The CBS Television Network. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 04: Harry Styles is seen upon arrival at Haneda Airport on December 4, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/GC Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 28: Harry Styles performs during the 31st Annual ARIA Awards 2017 at The Star on November 28, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James D. Morgan/WireImage)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Harry Styles performs at the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by J. Lee/FilmMagic)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 20: Harry Styles performs at the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by J. Lee/FilmMagic)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Harry Styles performs onstage at Radio City Music Hall on September 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sony Music)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Harry Styles arriving at the 'Dunkirk' World Premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on July 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 18: Harry Styles performs "The Late Late Show with James Corden," Thursday, May 18, 2017 (12:35 PM-1:37 AM ET/PT) On The CBS Television Network. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 26: Singer Harry Styles arrives at Gare du Nord station on April 26, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
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TODAY -- Pictured: Harry Styles on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Norway, Oslo - March 21, 2018. The English pop singer Harry Styles performs a live concert at Oslo Spektrum in Oslo. (Photo by: Gonzales Photo/Tord Litleskare/PYMCA/Avalon/UIG via Getty Images).
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 13: In this handout photo provided by Helene Marie Pambrun, Harry Styles performs during his European tour at AccorHotels Arena on March 13, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Handout/Helene Marie Pambrun via Getty Images)
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