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.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:
Gene Hackman Was Originally Going to Play Hannibal Lecter. Speaking of Hannibal the cannibal, while Anthony Hopkins turned the crazy-smart serial killer into an unforgettable cultural touchstone, the role was originally supposed to go to Gene Hackman, who bought the rights to The Silence of the Lambs and had planned on directing the film himself. He backed off the project when he decided that the role was too dark for his taste.
But naturally, there had to be haters. Like, who can say this with a straight face?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.