That 'Harry Styles As Prince Eric' Casting Rumor Has Twitter Losing Its Mind

Harry Styles from a One Direction music video
    Casting on the recent run of live-action Disney remakes has been nothing short of spectacular. Many probably doubted Will Smith’s ability to step into Robin Williams’ shoes as the genie from the lamp, but then Aladdin crushed at the box office and Smith got largely positive reviews. Emma Watson, meanwhile, was perfect as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, while Yifei Liu looks ideal as next year’s live action Mulan. And then there is Rob Marshall’s The Little Mermaid, which has been making waves with its casting movies. The planned musical picked Halle Bailey for its lead role, and is reportedly circling Melissa McCarthy (The Kitchen) to play Ursula, the sea witch. Today, DisInsider reported that One Direction standout Harry Styles officially signed on to play Prince Eric opposite Bailey’s Ariel, and while we can only treat this as a rumor until the studio officially confirms it, this didn't prevent Twitter from losing its damn mind.
    Harry Styles is officially playing prince eric i cannot pic.twitter.com/9eQuU29NrZ— NAOMY (@naomyxleon)

    There’s a lot of that. And this isn't even official. But there was tons of screaming. There were waves of denial (but, like, in the best way). Someone even made a mood board.

    harry as prince eric moodboard pic.twitter.com/UmSFyhVpS0

    — CHRISTINA HUGGED ME 6/07 (@douniaguilera)
    Social media basically had all of the bases cornered when it came down to the potential casting of Harry Styles as Prince Eric. It’s almost as if all of the Directioners had drafts Tweets at the ready just in case such a thing were ever to happen, because social media flooded with messages like so:

    "Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles." All the actors playing vampires were required to hang upside down for up to thirty minutes at a time during the make-up application. This would force all the blood in their bodies to rush to their heads, causing the blood vessels in their faces to bulge out. The make up artists would then trace over the swollen veins creating the eerie translucent-skinned vampire look. Unfortunately for the actors, they would have to repeat the process several times over, as the blood would quickly drain from their heads. This, in part, accounts for the lengthy make-up process.

    HARRY FUCKJNG STYLES IS OFFICIALLY PLAYING PRINCE ERIC CAN YOU HEAR ME SCREAMING pic.twitter.com/pS01D2IacA

    — elif (@amoortentia)

    But naturally, there had to be haters. Like, who can say this with a straight face?

    But Prince Eric is not ugly in the animation pic.twitter.com/fkINb0sGKU— lil d (@pevenssie)
    It has been fun watching social media melt down over the possibility that Harry Styles will actually play Prince Eric in the live-action take on The Little Mermaid. Because up to this point, the verdict has been split on these live-action Disney movies. The critics don’t love them – Jon Favreau’s The Lion King sits at 52% on Rotten Tomatoes, while Tim Burton’s Dumbo has a 47%. But they make money. Lots and lots of money. Lion King currently claims $475 million in domestic box office, proving nostalgia can be sold. So far, I think the casting on the updated The Little Mermaid is fantastic. But let’s hear these kids sing. Zendaya and Zac Efron held their own in The Greatest Showman. If Halle Bailey is eventually paired with Harry Styles, will they bring powerful voices to the story of a girl who trades her voice for legs? We shall see.