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British star Jonah Hauer-King to play Prince Eric in new Disney live-action The Little Mermaid
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British star Jonah Hauer-King to play Prince Eric in new Disney live-action The Little Mermaid

British star Jonah Hauer-King will play Prince Eric in the new live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.  

Hauer-King, who currently stars in BBC Drama World On Fire, willplay opposite Halle Bailey, known primarily for her work as one half of R&B sister duo Halle x Chloe, who has been cast as Ariel. 

Rob Marshall, director of Mary Poppins Return and Chicago, will take charge of the new movie, working from a script from Poppins writer David Magee. 

Hauer-King joins a cast that also includes Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Awkwafina as Scuttle and Jacob Tremblay as Flounder. Javier Bardem is also in talks to play King Triton. 

Released in 1989, the original adapted Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale, earning $233 million at the box office in the process. 

The movie told the story of Ariel, a mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human, after falling in love with a human prince named Eric. 

The new film will reprise many of the songs from the original as well as a series of new ones, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken. 

Eric, the character Hauer-King will play, had no songs in the original movie, but did have two in the subsequent stage musical. If he secures the role, it is expected songs would be written for him to perform. 

Harry Styles had previously been in talks for the role, but stepped away. Hauer-King won the role after getting down to a final audition with Krypton actor Cameron Cuffe.

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