The Disney live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” is still casting the supporting roles, and Harry Styles is currently in talks to play the role of Prince Eric. Styles is only in early negotiations for the role, but fans could see Halle Bailey and Styles together on the big screen if everything works out. Styles was featured in Christopher Nolan’s award-winning film “Dunkirk” in 2017, playing the role of Alex.
Bailey took the role of Ariel in the project, with Melissa McCarthy playing the role of Ursula the Sea Witch. Rob Marshall is directing the movie for the studio, working from a script written by David Magee.
Details on the live-action adaptation are slim, but the movie will include original songs from the 1989 animated version, and new songs from original composer Alan Menken. Lin-Manuel Miranda is working on the lyrics for the new songs, and he serves as a producer with Marshall, Marc Platt, and John DeLuca.
The animated version of “The Little Mermaid” launched in theaters back in 1989, opening in third-place overall against the films “Harlem Nights,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Prancer,” and “All Dogs Go To Heaven” with a $6M debut. The animated musical went on to make over $211M for Disney.
The story follows Ariel, a mermaid that dreams of visiting the world above her own. When she rescues a sailor, who later turns out to be a prince, she makes a deal with the sea-witch to go on land at the cost of her voice.
The most recent live-action Disney film to hit theaters was “Aladdin,” which opened at number-one at the box office with a $91.5M debut. “Aladdin” is still in theaters, and the movie has made over $308M domestically, and over $962.4M worldwide.
The next live-action project is “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” hitting theaters on October 18th. Angelina Jolie stars in the title role, alongside Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville. These actors are reprising their roles from the first “Maleficent,” and they will be joined by newcomers Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein, Harris Dickinson, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
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