Harry Styles Reveals Why He Passed On “Little Mermaid” Role

September 10, 2019
Singer-Actor Harry Styles in 2017

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Harry Styles has confirmed he turned down the role of Prince Eric in Disney’s upcoming live-adaptation of The Little Mermaid because he decided to "put music out and focus on that for a while.” In a new interview with The Face, Styles admits that the film offer was "discussed” and that "everyone involved was amazing." “So I think it's going to be great," he continues. “I’ll enjoy watching it, I'm sure." The former One Directioner also reveals that he was in the running to play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s planned biopic. “[Elvis> was such an icon for me grow­ing up. There was some­thing almost sacred about him, almost like I didn’t want to touch him,” Styles explains. “Then I end­ed up get­ting into [his life> a bit and I wasn’t dis­ap­point­ed.” That role ultimately went to Austin Butler.