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Disney May Have Found The Little Mermaid's Prince Eric In One Of These Two Unknown Actors

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It was a heartbreaking day when we found out Harry Styles had turned down the role of Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action reboot of The Little Mermaid.

Now, two fairly unknown actors have tested for the role with director Rob Marshall, so we may be closer to finding out who our Eric is!

Deadline reports actors Cameron Cuffe and Jonah Hauer-King were at Pinewood Studios in London on Monday with Marshall with no word yet on whether one of those tests landed either actor ahead of the other.

Cuffe recently starred in Florence Foster Jenkins and played the role of Superman’s grandfather Seg-El in Krypton. Hauer-King has a few more credits to his name and recently starred in A Dog’s Way Home.

They both certainly have the look for Prince Eric:

Prince Eric doesn’t sing in the original Disney film, but had the role gone to Styles we wonder if it would have been written in.

Speaking to The Face, Styles revealed he wanted to focus on music and that’s why he turned the role down.

“I want to put music out and focus on that for a while. But every­one involved in it was amaz­ing, so I think it’s going to be great. I’ll enjoy watch­ing it, I’m sure.”

He was also keen to star as Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic, but the role went to Austin Butler in the end.

13 Reasons Why star Christian Navarro has also auditioned for the role, but it’s unclear if he made it to the same stage as Cuffe and Hauer-King.

According to Deadline there’s still a large pool of actors in the mix for the role, so it won’t necessarily come down to Cuffe and Hauer-King.

Whoever does land the role will be starring alongside Halle Bailey as Ariel, Awkwafina as Scuttle and Jacob Tremblay as Flounder. Javier Bardem is expected to star as King Triton and Melissa McCarthy is rumoured for Ursula.

Even Disney's CEO Agrees They Released Too Many Star Wars Films 'Too Fast'

Time to slow down, eh?

Star Wars is one of the most popular franchises in pop culture history with some of the most vocal fans in the world, so when they don’t get it quite right, they’ll hear about it.

Credit: Lucasfilm

Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 and since then there have been plenty of Star Wars films, including sequels and standalone stories, and not all of them have been fan favourites.

Now, Disney CEO Bob Iger is admitting that they probably released too many movies too quickly after acquiring Lucasfilm.

Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney has released a new Star Wars movie every year.

Speaking with the New York Times, Iger said, “I just think that we might’ve put a little bit too much in the marketplace too fast.

“I think the storytelling capabilities of the company are endless because of the talent we have at the company, and the talent we have at the company is better than it’s ever been, in part because of the influx of people from Fox.”

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So, does this mean Disney will slow down the production of Star Wars movies in the future? Iger is pretty sure the space opera will continue indefinitely, especially with the new talent they have from 20th Century Fox, following that merger earlier this year.

However, after the release of The Rise of Skywalker in December this year, Lucasfilm will likely take their time with their next releases.

The Last Jedi writer and director Rian Johnson and the creators of Game of Thrones, David Benioff and DB Weiss, are working on new Star Wars stories, but it seems as though they aren’t rushing to get them done anytime soon.

While the movies will be slowing down, Disney+ will feature a live-action series, The Mandalorian, will be released in November.

The Mandalorian takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, before the First Order formed.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set for release on December 20th.

This Video Has Us Thinking Anakin Returns In Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

The timing is super suss.

We’re getting closer and closer to the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the rumour mill has being going nuts about whether or not Hayden Christensen will make a surprise appearance as Anakin Skywalker.

A video of Hayden and his Star Wars co-star Ian McDiarmid is adding fuel to the fire after the pair was seen together in Salt Lake City visiting a children’s hospital while they were in the area for FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention.

Many fans believe Anakin will return because if Emperor Palpatine can bounce back from being thrown down a Death Star shaft in Return of the Jedi, why can’t he? Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t exactly be that strange if he did make a comeback.

Credit: LucasFilm

CinemaBlend reports that some fans believe the hospital visit was a marketing tactic, however, that idea doesn’t sound quite right considering Disney canceled their spotlight panel at the convention.

Now many people think the cancellation was to stop Christensen from maybe revealing his involvement in the film.

Surely Christensen and McDiarmid hanging out must mean something is going on, the timing just seems a little suss.

Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo recently teased that there are going to be multiple twists in the upcoming movie, so be prepared.

There’s certainly a lot of pressure on this film to wrap up the entire Star Wars franchise as we know it, so we hope it’s got a satisfying ending to go along with those surprises!

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