’13 Reasons Why’ Star Cristian Navarro Could Star as Prince Eric in ‘Little Mermaid’ Remake

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The last few years have been massive for Disney’s live-action remakes. Just this year, we’ve seen live-action versions of Dumbo and Aladdin hitting screens, as well as The Lion King, which hit the box office this summer. But, it seems like the Hollywood studio is showing no signs of slowing down, with plans for a live-action remake of Mulan in the works and, of course, a live-action The Little Mermaid.

The 1989 classic, which tells the story of mermaid princess, Ariel, who falls in love with a human prince on land, is officially getting the live-action treatment.

The first casting announcement was earlier this year, saw Halle Bailey cast as the leading role. And now, 13 Reasons Why star, Cristian Navarro, is reportedly in the piping line for bagging the role of Prince Eric.

Keep scrolling for all the details on the highly-anticipated upcoming movie, including why Halle Bailey’s casting sparked controversy.

The Atlanta-native has certainly been busy with her singing and acting career.

The nineteen-year-old performs in the R&B singing duo with her older sister, Chloe.

Similarly to the likes of Justin Bieber and up-and-coming sensation, Ella Mai, the pair started off by covering well-known songs online.

And one very famous singer became a fan…

In 2013, the siblings posted a cover of the Beyoncé hit, Pretty Hurts, and the clip caught the eye of Queen B herself.  

Their A-list support from Beyonce earnt the pair a record deal and, as you can imagine, skyrocketed the siblings to fame.

Their debut EP, Sugar Symphony, was released in April 2016 and, that year, they opened for Beyoncé on the European leg of her Formation World Tour. That’s a pretty impressive resume.

Chloe and Halle worked with the star again last year, opening on the US portion of her and Jay Z’s On The Run II tour.

The duo has picked up two Grammy nominations as well as impressively performing at both the Super Bowl – which is deemed to be one of the most sought after gigs to take the stage at – and the 61st annual Grammy Awards. Wow.  

They both star in the US coming-of-age sitcom, Grown-ish (2018), which centers around the Johnson family’s eldest daughter, as she takes her first steps into the real world and heads off to college.

The younger half of the singing duo will soon be adding Disney to her resume.

She’ll be riding solo to star in the live-action rendition of The Little Mermaid.

After “extensive” searching, it seems like they finally found their perfect Ariel, with Halle Bailey set to take on the role of our favorite mermaid princess. Director, Rob Marshall, seems very smitten with his choice of Ariel, saying that Halle “Possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance – plus a glorious singing voice,” according to the BBC.

And that singing voice really will be put to good use…

The live-action remake is said to include all of our favorite songs from the 1989 original, including the likes of “Under The Sea” and “Kiss The Girl,” as well as new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. We don’t know about you, but we’re so happy right now.

The message was very short and sweet, but we don’t blame her for being a bit lost for words.

Messages of congratulations poured in for the teenage star.

“Imagine what just seeing her onscreen will do for this generation of Black girls.”

Well, you aren’t going to please everyone. 

So much so, that some people have already created fan art to imagine what Halle will look like as the Disney mermaid. We have to say, some of the art is incredible.

Production on The Little Mermaid is expected to begin in early 2020, with no date set for an official release yet. Although, we do have more details on the upcoming movie… Comedy-native, Melissa McCarthy, is said to be in talks to star as the sea witch, Ursula, with Jason Tremblay and Awkwafina also rumored to star.  

Many people have been left wondering who will bag the role of Ariel’s love interest, Prince Eric, and will star opposite Bailey in the movie.

Many people thought that Harry Styles was taking on the role, but the news amounted to nothing as the singer had reportedly declined the role.

The actor, who stars as Tony in the hit Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, recently hinted that he was interested in the role.

He tweeted this last month…

Fans have been rooting for him to land the role after he tweeted Disney expressing his interest in the role.

On Tuesday, the star tweeted that Disney actually saw his previous tweet and have given his team a call regarding the role. Having previously written of his hopes to play a Latino prince, the star said: “They wanted to see what I could do. Tapes sent. Fingers crossed. Let’s make some history.” So, could he be Prince Eric? Stay tuned, because judging by the sound of his tweet, it’s looking very likely. In the meantime, keep scrolling to check out the other movies Disney has in the works for the next decade. Spoiler alert: there’s a lot.