Fans disappointed after Harry Styles turns down Prince Eric role

Fans disappointed after Harry Styles turns down Prince Eric role

Fans have expressed their disappointment after Harry Styles turned down the role of Prince Eric in the live action reimagining of The Little Mermaid.

It had been reported the former One Direction singer had signed on to star opposite Halle Bailey's Ariel in the Disney film.

However, a source close to Styles confirmed that while he was a fan of the project, he decided against taking part.

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Harry Edward Styles (L) performs with his band "One Direction" on NBC's Today show in New York, November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Niall Horan (L), Harry Styles and Liam Payne of One Direction arrive for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, September 6, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (MTV-ARRIVALS)
Members of British-Irish boy band One Direction (L-R) Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne arrive for the premiere of "Men In Black 3" in New York May 23, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Harry Styles of One Direction reacts after the band won best pop video for "What Makes You Beautiful" during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, September 6, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (MTV-SHOW)
Harry Styles, of the boy band One Direction, gestures as the band poses backstage after winning awards for "Best Pop Video and "Most Share-Worthy Video" during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, September 6, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (MTV-BACKSTAGE)
The One Direction band performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Gardens in New York December 7, 2012. Seen are (L-R) Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
Members of the music group One Direction (L-R) Zayne Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles pose for photographers during a photocall for their film 'One Direction; This is Us' in London August 19 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
One Direction, (L-R) Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne pose for photographers at the world premiere of their film "One Direction: This is Us", in London August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Neil Hall (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
One Direction, (L-R) Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne pose for photographers at the world premiere of their film "One Direction: This is Us", in London August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Neil Hall (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
Singer Harry Styles from One Direction performs with his band on NBC's 'Today' show at Rockefeller Center in New York, August 23, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Harry Styles of British boy band One DIrection arrives for the premiere of their documentary film "This is Us" in New York, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
(From L to R) Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of British boy band One Direction arrive for the premiere of their documentary film "This is Us" in New York, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actress Kelly Osbourne (L) and Harry Styles of the band One Direction arrive for the House of Holland Spring/Summer 2014 collection presentation during London Fashion Week September 14, 2013. REU TERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: FASHION ENTERTAINMENT)
Actress Sienna Miller and Harry Styles from the band One Direction sit on the front row before the presentation of the Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2014 collection during London Fashion Week September 16, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: FASHION ENTERTAINMENT)
Harry Styles of the band One Direction (L), actress Kelly Osbourne (2nd L), model Leigh Lazark (C), television presenter Alexa Chung (2nd R) and model Pixie Geldof, daughter of musician Bob Geldof, applaud following the House of Holland Spring/Summer 2014 collection presentation during London Fashion Week September 14, 2013. REU TERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: FASHION ENTERTAINMENT)
Liam Payne (L), Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson (R) of One Direction perform "Story of My Life" at the 41st American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 24, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - TAGS: ENTERTAINMENT) (AMA-SHOW)
Harry Styles (R) of One Direction reacts after they were presented with the Brits Global Success award at the BRIT Awards, celebrating British pop music, at the O2 Arena in London February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (BRIT-WINNERS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Actor Harry Styles and Prince Harry attend the 'Dunkirk' World Premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on July 13, 2017 in London, Britain. REUTERS/Eamonn M. McCormack/Pool
English singer/songwriter Harry Styles performs during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada U.S. September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
Harry Styles and inductee Stevie Nicks pose for pictures at the press room during the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
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While some fans reacted by providing alternatives for the role – with To All the Boys I've Loved Before star Noah Centineo and Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes popular choices – others were crestfallen by the news.

Many shared their reactions on Twitter.

Disney announced its live-action remake of the 1989 animated classic in 2016 and said Rob Marshall would be on directing duties.

Bailey was announced as starring as Ariel in July. The 19-year-old – who is in musical duo Chloe X Halle with her sister Chloe – was cast after an "extensive search", Disney said.

The Little Mermaid is loosely based on the Danish fairytale by Hans Cristian Andersen and tells the story of mermaid princess Ariel, who dreams of becoming human after meeting and falling in love with Eric, a human prince.

Production on The Little Mermaid is expected to begin in early 2020.

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