Celebrity·Posted on Apr 4, 2023The Director Of "The Little Mermaid" Revealed Why Harry Styles Turned Down The Role Of Prince EricFans were campaigning for Harry to take on the role in the live-action flick.by Alex GurleyBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink When the live-action Little Mermaid film was announced, fans thought Harry Styles would be the perfect fit for the role of Prince Eric. Axelle / FilmMagic / Getty Images Although Harry had plenty of people campaigning for him to be cast in the film, the role ultimately went to Jonah Hauer-King. David M. Benett / Dave Benett / Getty Images for Prada Looking back on the casting process, the film's director, Rob Marshall, says it was actually Harry who turned down the role. Ian West — PA Images / PA Images via Getty Images In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rob explained that he did talk to Harry, but Harry wanted to go in a different direction. Michael Buckner / Variety via Getty Images "[He] really felt like he wanted to go off and do the movies that he ended up doing, which were sort of darker," Rob explained, referencing Harry's films Don’t Worry Darling and My Policeman. Kevin Winter / Getty Images Meanwhile, when Harry was asked about the casting back in 2019, he had a similar response. Amy Sussman / Getty Images "It was discussed," Harry told the Face. "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." Dominique Charriau / WireImage / Getty Images Harry added that while he didn't accept the role, he'll "enjoy watching it" when it hits theaters this May. Kevin Mazur / WireImage / Getty Images You can read all that Rob had to say here.