Harry Styles turns down role in Little Mermaid remake

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Sources say the initial reports about his casting were premature and that Styles made the decision to move on amicably. The singer has chopped off his long hair for a new shorter look.

A couple of hours after Harry Styles was announced to star in Disney's The Little Mermaid, it was confirmed that he had, in fact, turned down the role. It is unknown who will now be stepping into the film's lead male role.

So when news broke later that afternoon Styles had passed on the role, it didn't take long to spread.

So why were Harry's millions of fans expecting to see the One Direction heartthrob starring in Disney's next live-action movie? No specific reason was provided for why he declined to participate, though one source claimed that Styles is "a fan of the project". Harry's replacement is already in the works as the studio has begun looking for a new actor to play Prince Eric.

Others continued posting memes and videos, communicating senses of disappointment and embarrassment over previous tweets and likening themselves to clowns. David Magee (Life of Pi, Mary Poppins Returns) and Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service) are the film's screenwriters.

The Little Mermaid also started what became known as the Disney Renaissance, ushering in a decade of animated hits such as The Lion King and Aladdin, after a series of flops in the 1970s and 1980s. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a risky deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. No stranger to musicals, or working for Disney, Marshall was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for his feature film debut, Chicago. It also won two Golden Globes in the same categories, as well as a Grammy for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture for "Under the Sea".

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