Disney may have just crowned its next prince. Jonah Hauer-King will reportedly play Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid movie, according to Variety. Elite Daily reached out to Disney for comment, but did not receive a response. However, with much of the rest of the cast already set, it looks like Disney's next journey under the sea is shaping up nicely.
British actor Hauer-King will reportedly join a cast that includes Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as the sea witch Ursula, and Javier Bardem as King Triton. Jacob Tremblay will voice Ariel's best friend Flounder, Awkwafina will squawk as Scuttle, and Daveed Diggs will lend his voice to Sebastian the crab.
A few different actors were in talks for the role of Prince Eric, including Harry Styles. Fans also had a number of ideas for who could wear the crown, including Sebastian Stan, Jordan Fisher, and Jimin from BTS. But after all the casting rumors, it seems like the producers have found their perfect prince in Hauer-King.
Hauer-King is a relative newcomer to Hollywood. He appeared in the 2019 movie A Dog's Way Home and the BBC adaptation of Little Women in 2017. He's also set to appear in the upcoming Blumhouse feature Once Upon a Time in Staten Island.
The live-action remake of The Little Mermaid will feature songs from the original animated movie, as well as some new numbers from original composer Alan Menken with lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda is also producing the movie alongside director Rob Marshall, Marc Platt, and John De Luca.
There's no word yet on whether Hauer-King will lend his pipes to The Little Mermaid. Prince Eric doesn't sing in the original animated Little Mermaid, but he does sing in the Broadway musical based on the movie. Plus, in the recent airing of ABC's The Little Mermaid Live, Graham Phillips sang his heart out as Prince Eric, so there's a chance fans will get to hear more from Prince Eric in the upcoming film.
There's no word yet on when The Little Mermaid hits theaters, but production on the movie will begin in early 2020.