"I'm actually going to boycott it..." A fan tweets, unimpressed. Others also echo the same mentality.
16 July 2019 by Fachana Techamaneewat
Disney's The Little Mermaid live-action has recently been in the headlines due to their casting choice of Halle Bailey for the role of Ariel. And now that it has been announced that Harry Styles is in early talks for the role of Prince Eric, fans are threatening to boycott the movie altogether.
Since the news broke, the hashtag #PrinceEric has been trending, and Harry Styles' fans are in a frenzy at the thought of seeing Harry on the big screen as Prince Eric.
However, it appears that outside all of this, there are a lot of people who are unimpressed.
Check out their tweets below:
Several others are also pointing out that Harry Styles is a singer and not an actor.
As Harry Styles is well known for being a singer, some might not know that Harry does have an acting credit to his name. He played a soldier named Alex in a recent film called Dunkirk (2017), that was written, directed and produced by Christoper Nolan.
Here are a few reviews regarding Harry's acting:
"Styles is very competent, and his performance does not stick out like a sore thumb as many feared; you immediately accept him as a soldier alongside the infinitely less recognisable others. He is solid and takes the job seriously and [...] many lead feature film roles will follow if he wants them, given the immediate box office injection that comes with his casting." - Christoper Hooton, The Independent
"[A] bright, convicted, and unexpectedly not-at-all-jarring performance from Harry Styles, formerly of the boy band One Direction, as one of the young soldiers on the beach." Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
"Harry Styles, making a perfectly strong acting debut." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
You can judge for yourself with this small compilation of Harry's scenes on YouTube.
And with Harry being a singer, it won't surprise us if there's some hidden plan by Disney to have Prince Eric sing a few musical numbers of his own. It'll at least be a twist for the remake, and it could guarantee a sold-out soundtrack.
At the very least, Disney certainly won't lose out with this casting. After all, Harry has a very solid fanbase, and with his casting alone, Disney can expect him to draw in a large proportion of the audience alone.
Filming for The Little Mermaid is expected to commence next year.
Fachana Techamaneewat is a news writer at Exclusive Hollywood and is responsible for researching and writing news articles while providing story updates wherever necessary.
Fun fact: On the weekends, she's an avid writer for practically anything. Her current obsession is the Umbrella Academy, and as of now, is writing a book.