If he got close to starring in a Baz Luhrmann Elvis biopic, that also says something about his talent, because that's an even bigger role than Eric will be. He wouldn't have been able to seriously contend for that if he wasn't talented.Deadline said:Styles was one of the contenders to play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s movie. He was waiting to see if he landed that role after testing for it, before committing to Little Mermaid. As Deadline exclusively reported, Austin Butler won the role of Presley.
The inter-racial romance is great and I hope we get to the point where we hardly notice.I don't know One Direction or Harry, but he is has the chops for the role, great. And having an interracial romance is fantastic. I mean, why not? The story is already about cross-species romance (which literally no one has an issue with), so interracial shouldn't be that much of a stretch.
I think it's designed for us to notice. Triton (who will presumably be black) forbidding Ariel to be with a white guy is going to take on an extra contextual dimension that it didn't have in the animated version where Ariel and Eric are both white, and they'd be foolish not to use that in the storytelling. They need to lean into the cultural differences and how Ariel and Eric bridge that gap.I hope we get to the point where we hardly notice.
I think the difference between two different species is big enough. The cultural differences could be between down below and up above. Of course, maybe that would be a metaphor for our society today. This brings to mind the question was the script locked down when she was cast and did the script required a black Ariel or is it just color blind casting?I think it's designed for us to notice. Triton (who will presumably be black) forbidding Ariel to be with a white guy is going to take on an extra contextual dimension that it didn't have in the animated version where Ariel and Eric are both white, and they'd be foolish not to use that in the storytelling. They need to lean into the cultural differences and how Ariel and Eric bridge that gap.
A lot of possibilities for when the announcement comes, but I agree: D23 is probably when it will happen. There is a secret project panel on Saturday and rumor has it no one has accurately guessed what it's about...that could be Little Mermaid-centric. Also, there's a Little Mermaid 30th pane on Sunday...that could be where it's revealed...if D23 is gonna be the place, that is.Harry Styles has "respectfully declined" Disney's offer to play Prince Eric:
The timing of this is interesting. I have no official confirmation of this, but I suspect that Disney wants to bring out the cast and make an announcement of the release date at their D23 Expo next weekend (August 23-25.) With Styles passing now, will they have time to recast Eric before the convention? They might have to bring out the rest of the cast and add him later, unless they have a very clear second choice who is willing to get their deal done quickly.
The big takeaway here is that King Triton will now have a song. He doesn't sing at all in the original, so giving him something to sing is a natural extension.Lin-Manuel Miranda said:Vanessa: What are you working on?
Me: Struggling w new King Triton lyrics in the apartment.
Vanessa: Triton? You’re in PR. Why don’t you get in the ocean with a fork.
Me: hahahaha good one honey
Me, 5 minutes later: AAAARRIIIEEEEEEELLLLL
I hadn't realized the production was so close that it was going to start in nine days. Obviously, everything is now passed, but it's surprising to me that this was moving along to such a degree. There are still several key supporting roles yet upcast (at least as far as has been announced.)Aaron Couch of The Hollywood Reporter said:The live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, which was nine days away from shooting in London, is among the big productions being delayed.