Harry Styles turns down “Little Mermaid” role

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Scores of Harry Styles fans were excited today after reports that the actor had signed on to play Prince Eric in Disney’s live action remake of “The Little Mermaid”.

But alas, it is not meant to be.

According to a Variety, the former One Direction singer has passed on the role.

It says initial reports about his casting were premature and that Styles made the decision to move on amicably.

The studio is said to have already begun looking at others for the part.

Halle Bailey will play Ariel, a mermaid princess who dreams of being a human, while Melissa McCarthy will appear as her evil aunt Ursula.

“The Little Mermaid” will be directed by Rob Marshall and incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated classic, as well as a few new tunes.