You have to feel for Harry Styles, really.
Just when it seemed that he might be beginning to move away from the batsh*t-crazy hysteria of the One Direction days and possibly be taken seriously as a credible actor after the likes of 'Dunkirk' (and recently, as a potential candidate for Elvis) something like this happens.
Yesterday, Styles was heavily rumoured to be taking on the role of Prince Eric in Disney's live-action remake of 'The Little Mermaid'. However, it has now been confirmed that he has turned it down.
Variety reports that sources that had confirmed Styles for the role were 'premature' and his decision to move on was 'amicable'.
A decision on the casting will be made soon. Halle Bailey will play Ariel in the film, while Melissa McCarthy will play Ursula.
The reaction to Styles pulling out of the film, meanwhile, has been what some might call 'a tad OTT':
How everyone who thought Harry Styles was cast as prince eric looks rn pic.twitter.com/Y8rl6pKAqf
— YEETERS FOR PEPPA (@MaryPre09555066) August 14, 2019
“Harry has signed on to be Prince Eric”
“Harry styles passes on Prince Eric role” pic.twitter.com/1IWPchEtrH
— ♡♡♡♡♡ (@msgeorginahirst) August 13, 2019
Everyone after finding out Harry Styles turned down the role of prince Eric pic.twitter.com/fFgh2LQ7uX
— Kate (@kxtewxlsh) August 13, 2019
right so going from “harry styles confirmed to be prince eric” to “anything is yet to be confirmed” all the way to “harry styles has denied the role of prince eric” all in a matter of hours has been the worst form of heartbreak i have ever experienced pic.twitter.com/3F0Xo2z7wM
— em (@misses_em) August 14, 2019
All Twitter now that Harry Styles isn’t playing Prince Eric. pic.twitter.com/Em1NHgc87N
— Luis figueroa (@LuisFig96429630) August 13, 2019
y’all are telling me we went from harry styles is “reportedly” playing prince eric to “it’s confirmed” he’s playing prince eric to he “respectfully turned down the role” of prince eric,,, LOVE BEING A CLOWN pic.twitter.com/QI2aiTdSNY
— ameera (@issaharrys) August 13, 2019
me on the way to ask Harry Styles why he turned down the role of Prince Eric pic.twitter.com/wpPC9CgePD
— ☕️ (@coffeemaestro_) August 13, 2019
Me locking up Harry to rethink his decision after reading “Harry styles has turned down the role of prince Eric” pic.twitter.com/1LebiWIR7A
— i be like:😪 (@rarabitchrogers) August 14, 2019
“Harry styles respectfully declined the role of prince Eric” bye that’s enough twittering today pic.twitter.com/kAcRq1SXCW
— 𝐋𝐨𝐫𝐚 (@Lora_Stylesss) August 13, 2019