Cameron Cuffe and Jonah Hauer-King are testing for the role of Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey.
Deadline broke the news, revealing that Cameron Cuffe and Jonah Hauer-King tested for The Little Mermaid director Rob Marshall this past Monday. Cameron Cuffe is best known for his role as Seyg-El on Krypton while Jonah Hauer-King is a rising actor who starred in A Dog’s Way Home. Harry Styles turned down the role last month.
The Little Mermaid remake will be directed by Rob Marshall from a script written by David Magee. Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play the villainous sea witch Ursula. In addition, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, and Javier Bardem are being eyed for the roles of Flounder, Scuttle, and King Triton, respectively.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken will write new songs for the remake to be included alongside the classic tunes the latter penned for the animated version of The Little Mermaid. In addition to his duties as a songwriter, Lin-Manuel Miranda will serve as an executive producer alongside Rob Marshall, Marc Platt, and John DeLuca.
Disney’s original The Little Mermaid centered on princess Ariel, who longed to explore the world beyond the sea. After saving Prince Eric from drowning, Ariel turns to the sea witch Ursula and trades in her voice in order to become a human for the chance to meet the man she rescued.
Disney is expecting to begin production on The Little Mermaid remake with Halle Bailey in early 2020. Stay tuned for the latest news on Halle Bailey, Cameron Cuffe and Jonah Hauer-King.