Date: 13th November 2019
Disney's upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid has found its Prince Eric, as Jonah Hauer-King has reportedly officially signed on for the role.
On Tuesday, multiple publications reported that the 24-year-old actor earned the coveted role in the Rob Marshall directed movie.
Jonah Hauer-King is a rising star in Hollywood who most recently portrayed a younger version of Tim Roth's character in the drama movie The Song of Names. His casting in The Little Mermaid is not particularly surprising in that he had previously been reported to be among one of two finalists for the part along with Krypton star Cameron Cuffe. Previously, Harry Styles had also been in talks for the role.
Halle Bailey will portray Ariel, a mermaid princess who dreams of being a human, while Melissa McCarthy will play her evil aunt Ursula. Javier Bardem is King Triton and Daveed Diggs has been tapped to portray Sebastian.
"The Little Mermaid" will be directed by Marshall and written by David Magee. The upcoming movie will incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated classic, as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken with lyrics by "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Source: Press Release