Director Rob Marshall (Into The Woods, Mary Poppins Returns, Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Disney have finally found their Prince Eric for their live-action Little Mermaid movie as they’ve settled on Jonah Hauer-King, who recently has a role in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women remake.

The film is based on the 1989 Disney animated film that adapted the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale.

Deadline first revealed Jonah would be testing for the role and are mentioning that he’s now landed the part.

We exclusively told you back in September that Jonah Hauer-King was in the running for the role of Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid, and today he won the role in the Rob Marshall directed movie.

HN Entertainment recently confirmed that Little Mermaid would be shooting on the stages at Pinewood Studios UK in England.

Disney is hoping that the film will echo the billion-dollar box office success of Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King.

Also, they’re releasing a very expensive live-action version of Mulan, which is currently undergoing extensive reshoots.

Here is what the rest of The Little Mermaid cast looks like so far.

  • Halle Bailey as Princess Ariel 
  • Melissa McCarthy as Ursula The Sea Witch
  • Javier Bardem as King Triton
  • Awkwafina as Scuttle
  • Daveed Diggs as Sebastian The Crab
  • Jacob Tremblay as Flounder 

In Disney’s beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter.

A release date for The Little Mermaid has yet to be made official by Disney.

SOURCE: DEADLINE

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