Disney’s hunt for the actor who will portray Prince Eric in its live-action version of 1989 classic The Little Mermaid has finally come to an end as they have finalised Jonah Hauer-King.
Jonah Hauer-King, a British-born actor, has been chosen to play Ariel’s Prince Charming in the Little Mermaid live-action remake. Rob Marshall will be directing the live-action and will feature the original music from the animated version itself. It will include songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman as well as new songs from Menken and Lin Manuel-Miranda. Kingsman co-writer Jane Goldman will script it.
Popstar and former One Directioner Harry Styles was long rumored to be the person for the role, but it was ultimately passed on to King. Hauer-King was tested along with Krypton actor Cameron Cuffe London’s Pinewood Studios for the purpose back in September. Jonah Hauer-King, a relative newcomer who has done films like The Last Photograph and A Dog’s Way Home, is now ready to play the role of a beloved prince who charms Ariel, the mermaid.
The Little Mermaid cast comprises Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Awkwafina as Scuttle, and Jacob Tremblay as Flounder. Javier Bardem is essaying the role of King Triton. This past summer, Disney’s live-action film on its classic animated toon Aladdin grossed around $1.05 billion at the global box office.
Jonah Hauer-King will surely be able to pull off any musical responsibilities asked from him for Little Mermaid. Hauer-King is even more fitting of the sea-going role as he has quite love for the water as witnessed by several of his Instagram posts on boats, lounging poolside, or posing near the ocean.
Production of The Little Mermaid is scheduled to begin in early 2020.