Harry Styles addresses decision to pass on role in The Little Mermaid remake

Harry Styles has admitting to turning down the role of Prince Eric in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid because of “a few things”.Earlier this year, rumours swirled that the former One Direction singer had been tapped to appear…

Harry Styles has admitting to turning down the role of Prince Eric in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid because of “a few things”.

Earlier this year, rumours swirled that the former One Direction singer had been tapped to appear in the reboot of the 1989 animated classic, although it was later reported the star had opted out of the role.

Speaking with presenters Roman Kemp and Sonny Jay for Britain’s Capital Breakfast radio show on Tuesday, Harry opened up about why he walked away from the project.

Explaining he had been approached by the team behind the flick, the Sign of the Times hitmaker said: “I had, you know, a meeting with Rob Marshall the director, who is the most wonderful man, he’s great.”

However, Harry became uncomfortable as he tried to avoid giving the reason for why he pulled out of the high-profile role.

“And it was just, honestly, it was just a few things. It just, it wasn’t…erm… I think it’s gonna be amazing, obviously it’s an amazing film, and I can tell Roman’s watching how I’m kind of worming,” the 25-year-old joked, acknowledging that he didn’t want to answer the question.

Harry made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s Oscar-winning war film Dunkirk in 2017 but has yet to build on his screen career. In addition to the Disney project, he auditioned for the role of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic of the iconic singer but Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor Austin Butler got the part instead.

Singer/actress Halle Bailey is the only star confirmed for The Little Mermaid so far, which begins production next year, with Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy, and Awkwafina all believed to be in negotiations for other key characters.

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Harry Styles passes on role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid

Harry Styles has passed on the role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid remake.In recent weeks, it was reported that the One Direction singer was in talks to play human prince Eric opposite Halle Bailey as mermaid Ariel in Rob Marshall’s upcoming li…

Harry Styles has passed on the role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid remake.

In recent weeks, it was reported that the One Direction singer was in talks to play human prince Eric opposite Halle Bailey as mermaid Ariel in Rob Marshall’s upcoming live-action reboot of the 1989 animated Disney classic.  

On Tuesday, the speculation stepped up a notch when employees at both AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas in the U.S. posted on Twitter that Harry had been cast as Eric, however, a representative for the star later confirmed that the messages were inaccurate and told Rolling Stone, “Although he is a fan of the project he has respectfully passed.” 

The incorrect posts have since been deleted from both cinema chains’ Twitter pages.  

According to editors at The Wrap, Marshall is set to announce further casting details in coming weeks, with production due to begin in early 2020. A potential release date has not been announced.  

So far, Melissa McCarthy has been linked to the role of the evil sea witch Ursula, while Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina and Room’s Jacob Tremblay are set to feature as seagull Scuttle and Ariel’s fish best friend Flounder, respectively. Javier Bardem is rumoured to be taking on the role of King Triton.   

Jane Goldman and David Magee are working on the script, while Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda is teaming up with original The Little Mermaid composer, Alan Menken, on the score. It is believed the film will contain updated versions of songs such as Part of Your World and Under the Sea.  

Since One Direction went on hiatus in 2016, Harry, 25, has pursued a career in Hollywood, having landed a major role in Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk in 2017.  

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Harry Styles in early talks for The Little Mermaid’s Prince Eric – report

Harry Styles is reportedly in early talks to play Prince Eric in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. The One Direction singer is reportedly an early favourite to land the role in director Rob Marshall’s revamp, opposite 19-year-old R&B singe…

Harry Styles is reportedly in early talks to play Prince Eric in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

The One Direction singer is reportedly an early favourite to land the role in director Rob Marshall’s revamp, opposite 19-year-old R&B singer Halle Bailey, who was recently announced as mermaid Ariel, according to Deadline.

Producers reportedly have their sights set on Harry as Eric, who becomes Ariel’s human love interest in the 1989 animated classic after she rescues him from drowning.

While Prince Eric didn’t sing in Disney’s original, the royal character was given two solo numbers when The Little Mermaid became a Broadway musical.

Songs from the 30-year-old film will feature, but original composer Alan Menken will also create new musical numbers with help from Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also wrote the music for Disney’s Moana in 2016.

Melissa McCarthy is rumoured to be taking on the role of evil sea witch, Ursula, while Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina and Room’s Jacob Tremblay are set to feature as seagull Scuttle and Ariel’s fish best friend Flounder, respectively.

The news of Harry’s reported casting comes after he missed out on the role of Elvis Presley in filmmaker Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic.

The 25-year-old Brit reportedly screen-tested for the part, alongside Ansel Elgort, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Miles Teller, but the Australian filmmaker eventually went with Austin Butler.

Since One Direction went on hiatus, Harry has pursued a career in Hollywood, and he landed a major role in Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk in 2017, alongside Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Mark Rylance.

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kenneth Branagh join Christopher Nolan’s Tenet

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kenneth Branagh have boarded Christopher Nolan’s new film Tenet.In January, executives at Warner Bros. confirmed the Interstellar director was working on a new project and set the release date for 17 July 2020, with the movie a…

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kenneth Branagh have boarded Christopher Nolan’s new film Tenet.

In January, executives at Warner Bros. confirmed the Interstellar director was working on a new project and set the release date for 17 July 2020, with the movie also to be released in IMAX.

Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and John David Washington were among the first stars to be attached, and on Wednesday, studio bosses announced the film would be titled Tenet, and that Taylor-Johnson and Branagh had been cast.

In addition, Clemence Poesy, Michael Caine, and Indian actress Dimple Kapadia will appear.

Few details about the narrative have been released, though the film has been described as an “action epic evolving from the world of international espionage”.

Nolan is directing from his own screenplay, and is producing alongside his wife and collaborator, Emma Thomas. Thomas Hayslip will serve as executive producer, while Nathan Crowley is the production designer, costumes will be designed by Jeffrey Kurland, and the score is being composed by Ludwig Goransson.

Bosses at Warner Bros. previously reserved the same July slot for when Nolan unveiled Dunkirk in 2017, with the World War II feature about the Dunkirk evacuation – which featured Branagh, Fionn Whitehead, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy – garnering eight Oscar nominations, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director, and taking home three golden statues.

The filmmaker, also known for making Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy, is not currently working on any other movies.

Taylor-Johnson was most recently seen onscreen in Netflix film Outlaw King and is currently filming Kingsman: The Great Game, the third instalment of the Kingsman franchise.

Meanwhile, Branagh starred and directed All Is True, which explored the final days in the life of William Shakespeare, and is also gearing up to begin work on an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, following on from his 2017 film Murder on the Orient Express.

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Harry Styles fronts eclectic Gucci campaign

Harry Styles is the face of Gucci’s latest eclectic tailoring campaign. Serving up businessman chic in the images, the 25-year-old models a selection of pieces from the colourful collection, including a velvet cobalt blue two-piece suit, a fuchsia pink…

Harry Styles is the face of Gucci’s latest eclectic tailoring campaign.

Serving up businessman chic in the images, the 25-year-old models a selection of pieces from the colourful collection, including a velvet cobalt blue two-piece suit, a fuchsia pink blazer, and a grey collared cape.

In one image, shot by shot by filmmaker Harmony Korine and directed by Christopher Simmonds, Harry is seen standing behind a paper-strewn desk while on the phone, while another sees the singer in an untidy garden surrounded by swans and piglets.

For Gucci’s Pre-Fall 2019 men’s tailoring collection, creative director Alessandro Michele offers a refreshing take on formalwear, with flamboyant, colour-clashing, modern pieces, alongside crisp, fitted suits.

A video for the ad campaign was shared on Instagram by the Italian fashion house, and shows Harry walking around a seemingly abandoned house that is littered with antiques. He later spray paints the head of a broken statue, rips the pages out of a book, and combs the fine hair of one of the piglets seen running around the grounds.

It’s not the first time that Harry has fronted one of Gucci’s campaign – this is the third time he’s turned his hand to the world of high-fashion modelling for the label. And it’s often the Italian label Harry turns to for a big event, like the recent Met Gala.

The Dunkirk star’s stylist Harry Lambert recently hinted that his client is about to enter a whole new fashion chapter as the anticipation for his second solo album builds.

“It’s time to try something new and hopefully shock and inspire in a different way,” Lambert told Miss Vogue. “I know the fans love his outfits, so hopefully they will love what’s to come.”

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Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki board Christopher Nolan’s next film

Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki are set to star in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film.In January (19), executives at Warner Bros. announced that the Interstellar director was working on an untitled project and set the release date for 17 July 202…

Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki are set to star in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film.

In January (19), executives at Warner Bros. announced that the Interstellar director was working on an untitled project and set the release date for 17 July 2020, with the movie also to be released in IMAX.

While all further details remain under wraps, with the feature currently only being described as an “event” film, editors at Collider reported on Wednesday (20Mar19) that High Life’s Pattinson will take on a lead role. Reporters at Variety have also claimed that Widows actress Debicki has landed a key role, with BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington, 34, previously attached.

No character details are known, though it is rumoured to be an “action blockbuster”. Nolan will be working on the film with his wife and collaborator, producer Emma Thomas.

Bosses at Warner Bros. previously reserved the same July slot for when Nolan unveiled Dunkirk in 2017, with the World War II feature about the Dunkirk evacuation – which featured Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy – garnering eight Oscar nominations, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director.

The filmmaker, also known for making Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy, is not currently working on any other movies.

Pattinson, 32, has been busy in recent months shooting a number of films and is now in the post-production phases of Waiting for the Barbarians, The Lighthouse, and The King. He is also shooting The Devil All the Time and The Souvenir: Part II.

Meanwhile, 28-year-old Debicki has completed work on TV series Lovecraft Country and is next set to reprise the part of Ayesha in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3.

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Tom Hardy clarifies ‘misunderstood’ comments about cut Venom scenes

Tom Hardy has clarified his comments regarding the number of scenes that were cut from Venom at the final edit.The actor plays the title character as well as the symbiote’s investigative journalist counterpart Eddie Brock, while Riz Ahmed, Michelle Wil…

Tom Hardy has clarified his comments regarding the number of scenes that were cut from Venom at the final edit.

The actor plays the title character as well as the symbiote’s investigative journalist counterpart Eddie Brock, while Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams and Jenny Slate also appear in the superhero movie.

When asked to describe his favourite scene in the flick, Hardy told ComicsExplained that his best moments were embedded in “30 to 40 minutes'” of footage eventually removed from the picture. With many concerned that filmmakers may have ditched some of Venom’s most promising content, the British star has now readdressed his previous claims in an interview with IGN.

“I think that’s been misunderstood,” the 41-year-old explained. “What I’m saying is that I had a lot of time improvising and a lot of freedom to play with Venom. In honesty, there’s probably about seven hours or more worth of footage of me playing as Venom and enjoying myself.

“Me and the other executive producers know fully well that has nothing to do with what’s in the story, do you know what I mean?” he continued. “But nevertheless, would I like to watch a seven-hour version of Venom? Yeah. Do you know what I mean? But that’s as an actor.”

The Dunkirk star insisted that “everything we wanted” was included, and added that he was keen to shoot a sequel to the “awesome” movie.

However, it appears that Hardy may be alone in wanting a second helping of Venom, as reviews have been overwhelmingly unfavourable.

The Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw wrote that the first film in Sony’s Marvel Universe is “riddled with the poison of dullness”, while Variety’s Owen Gleiberman described it as “unexciting in its ho-hum competence”. Don Kaye from Den of Geek added that the feature “might have been made in 1996”.

Venom currently has a 27 per cent Rotten Tomatoes rating and hits U.S. cinemas on Friday (05Oct18).

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Tom Hardy confirms two more Mad Max movies

Tom Hardy has confirmed there are plans to make two more Mad Max movies.The British actor played the title character in Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, which also starred Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The film was a huge cr…

Tom Hardy has confirmed there are plans to make two more Mad Max movies.

The British actor played the title character in Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, which also starred Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The film was a huge critical success and received 10 Academy Award nominations, going on to win six of the accolades. And fans of George Miller’s epic action flick will be pleased to know that the story of Max Rockatansky is far from over.

“It was always the plan to do three of them, so I think we’re still waiting on being given the opportunity and the green light to go ahead on the next one. But when I engaged on that there was a plethora of material on it,” Tom shared in an interview with Variety at Comic-Con over the weekend (21-22Jul18). “Obviously it belongs to Warner Brothers so it would be them who green-lit it. But a lot of projects are in radial, you know you wait for something to land when it’s real, and as soon as it’s real we’ll jump on it.”

The 40-year-old previously claimed he was “anxiously waiting to find out” when the next instalment will begin production, while Charlize – who played Imperator Furiosa in the movie – also said she’d be “totally on board” with a follow-up.

In the meantime, Tom is promoting his upcoming movie Venom, in which he plays the Marvel Comics character of the same name alongside Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. And the Dunkirk star shared that one reason he decided to take on the role of the iconic antihero was his 10-year-old son Louis.

“My son is a massive Venom fan, and he was a strong influence on why I should play Venom specifically. I wanted to do something my son could watch,” he explained, jokingly adding: “So I did something where I bite people’s heads off.”

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Christopher Nolan rules himself out of next Bond directing gig

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan has “categorically” denied rumours suggesting he is in the running to direct the next James Bond movie. Actor Daniel Craig was recently confirmed to return for his fifth outing as suave superspy 007 in the follow-up to 2015…

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan has “categorically” denied rumours suggesting he is in the running to direct the next James Bond movie.

Actor Daniel Craig was recently confirmed to return for his fifth outing as suave superspy 007 in the follow-up to 2015’s Spectre, which is thought to be called Shatterhand, and is due for a release in November, 2019.

Further details about the project, including who will take over from Sam Mendes as director, have yet to be released, but Nolan has made it clear there is no truth to speculation linking him to the big gig.

“I won’t be the man. No, categorically,” he declared during a recent appearance on BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs show, after selecting composer John Barry’s score for 1969 Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service as one of the pieces of music he would take with him if he was to be stranded on a desert island.

“I think every time they hire a new director I’m rumoured to be doing it,” he continued.

However, that doesn’t mean the Dunkirk moviemaker isn’t interested in one day tackling the iconic franchise, based on the books by author Ian Fleming, with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.

“I’d love to make a Bond film at some point and I think those producers – Barbara and Michael – they do a tremendous job and Sam Mendes has done a terrific job the last couple of films, so they don’t particularly need me,” Nolan added. “But I’ve always been inspired by the films and would love to do one someday.”

Nolan’s remarks emerge weeks after Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve revealed he was approached by Broccoli about possibly taking charge of the 25th instalment in the beloved action series – but had to turn down the opportunity after signing on for his “dream” remake of David Lynch’s sci-fi classic Dune.

“I said to Barbara, ‘I would love to work with you and with Daniel, but I’m engaged’,” he told ScreenDaily.com last month (Jan18). “I will love to do it, honestly.

“I’m a spoiled filmmaker right now. I think Daniel Craig is a fantastic actor and I would like to (work with him), but several months ago I came in to do Dune, and I engaged myself. I committed myself and I’m someone that doesn’t step back.”

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Christopher Nolan is cheering on his Academy Award competitors

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan is quite fond of the directors he is competing against at the Oscars this year.The Brit’s World War Two epic Dunkirk landed him a Best Director nomination at the 90th Academy Awards, where he is facing off against Jordan Pee…

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan is quite fond of the directors he is competing against at the Oscars this year.

The Brit’s World War Two epic Dunkirk landed him a Best Director nomination at the 90th Academy Awards, where he is facing off against Jordan Peele (Get Out), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread) and Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water).

But Nolan admits he isn’t feeling too competitive when it comes to landing the trophy on the big night.

“All of the films are just incredible work, and I’m very proud to be amongst (sic) these guys,” the director gushed, noting he has forged relationships with his colleagues at events in the past. “I’ve known Guillermo for years. Paul, I’ve known for some time. We’ve bonded over the state of the world’s celluloid and trying to maintain infrastructure. He’s been a very important ally in that, so we’ve helped each other out with that, over the years.

“(Greta and Jordan), I just met at the DGA for that incredible panel. That was a really fun occasion.”

Nolan is happy to see his work gaining such high accolades because he feared going forward with Dunkirk, which is also up for Best Picture at the Oscars, due to the 1940 battle’s historical importance.

“It was very daunting, for a British person to take on this story. It’s a story we grow up knowing,” he noted. “It’s part of the national spirit. We talk about the Dunkirk spirit. It’s sacred ground. To a certain extent, you have to put that out of your mind and just try to do the best job you can, but there’s a moment where I was privileged to be able to sit with some of the veterans who had actually been there. There are very few of them left and they’re in their late ‘90s now, and that came with a very heavy sense of responsibility.”

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony takes place in Hollywood on 4 March (18).

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