While the rest of the call sheet was filled out in the summer, the part of Eric took unexpectedly longer.
London-based rising actor Jonah Hauer-King has nabbed the role of Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action remake of its animated classic The Little Mermaid.
Halle Bailey has already been cast as Ariel, the title character, and the call sheet also includes Melissa McCarthy as the witch Ursula, along with Javier Bardem as King Triton. Jacob Tremblay will voice Flounder, while Awkwafina is the voice of Scuttle and Daveed Diggs is voicing Sebastian the crab.
While the rest of the roles were filled in the summer, the part of Eric took unexpectedly longer. Harry Styles was in talks with the studio for a protracted period, but that ultimately fell apart. Disney then spent months scouring the seven seas for the right actor. In the end, Hauer-King and Cameron Cuffe, the star of the Syfy series Krypton, did several rounds of reading/testing before a decision was finally made.