Harry Styles’ music video for his song “Music for a Sushi Restaurant” has inspired fans to joke about the pop star’s choice not to play Prince Eric in the upcoming live-action remake of The little Mermaid. The singer, who rose to fame during his time in the boy band One Direction, has begun exploring opportunities outside the music industry. Starring in Olivia Wilde’s recent thriller don’t worry baby and the melancholy romantic drama of Michael Grandage my police officer, as well as his introduction to the MCU in Chloé Zhao’s EternalsStyles has balanced his singing career with a burgeoning acting career.
The buzz around Styles’ turn to acting was only heightened when rumors circulated that he was in talks to play Price Eric in Rob Marshall’s live-action remake of The little Mermaid alongside fellow singer Halle Bailey as Ariel. While the pop star confirmed that he was considering taking on the role, he revealed that he eventually passed up the opportunity to focus on making new music, leading Jonah Hauer-King to get the part. Styles kept his promise to prioritize his music and released the critically acclaimed album Harry’s house earlier this year, featuring a music video that some fans can’t help but compare to his almost rendition of Prince Eric.
The nautical themes in the music video for Harry Styles’ song “Music For a Sushi Restaurant” have led fans to humorously reject Prince Eric’s role in The little Mermaid live action remake. The music video sees Styles as a merman, scales and all, getting ready to be prepared for a meal at what is believed to be a sushi restaurant. Social media users were quick to point out the comparison to the upcoming Disney movie, claiming that there might be another role in the movie that Styles was vying for. Check out what they had to say below:
Is Prince Eric of Harry Styles a Missed Opportunity for Disney’s Little Mermaid?
While Styles was quick to dispel the rumors that he was showing up in The little Mermaid, fans wonder what his portrayal of the charming Disney prince would have been like. Given the controversy that followed one of his biggest roles to date as Jack Chambers in don’t worry babya movie whose on-screen drama has been no match for the chaos among the cast and crew ahead of its release, fans are eager to see if the production of The little Mermaid would have been just as tumultuous if Styles had joined the cast. In addition to the spectacle that included one of the world’s most famous artists as a romantic protagonist, the reviews of don’t worry baby and my police officer Styles’ acting abilities indicate that the singer may have done more harm than good to The little Mermaid.
The upcoming live-action remake has been riddled with needless turbulence since it started developing, including racist reactions to the decision to cast Halle Bailey, a person of color, as Ariel. In order for an already skeptical audience to truly appreciate the merits of the cast members’ performances, as well as the hard work the crew put into preserving the integrity of the much-loved animated film, it might be a good thing Styles sat out. On The little Mermaid waiting for a project that will allow him to showcase his talents above the spectacle of his public personality and personal life.
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