Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid just got a lot less (allegedly) bisexual. According to Variety, Harry Styles will not star in Disney’s next live action remake.
Variety says that the initial reports of Styles’ casting were “premature and that Styles made the decision to move on amicably.” Disney is said to already be exploring other actors and expects to make a decision soon. But it’s very doubtful whomever they choose will have the same kind of star power as the former One Direction member, who has a huge and intensely loyal following of the most bankable market in the multiverse: teenage girls.
The Little Mermaid isn’t even in production yet and has already had several waves (wink!) of news, from the rumors of Melissa McCarthy’s casting as Ursula the sea witch (which were all but confirmed by McCarthy on Jimmy Kimmel Live) and singer Halle Bailey’s casting as Ariel, which turned Twitter into an even more disgusting cesspool of racist idiocy than it already was.
The film will be directed by Chicago’s Rob Marshall and will feature classic songs like “Part of Your World” and “Under the Sea,” as well as new tunes by Alan Menken (who worked on the original film) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (who teamed with Marshall on Mary Poppins Returns).
And then of course there’s The Little Mermaid Live, which will celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary on ABC alter this year. Starring Moana’s Auli’I Cravalho as Ariel, Queen Latifah as Ursula, and Shaggy as Sebastian, the special will weave together live action with animated scenes from the film. Life truly is better down where it’s wetter, take it from me, honey.