After heavy speculation and multiple negotiations, the casting decision was revealed on Tuesday by Variety, who reported that up-and-coming actor Jonah Hauer-King will play the widely sought after role.
King, 24, is a British actor who is best known for his roles on the Little Women and Howard’s End TV series, as well as Sony Pictures‘ A Dog’s Way Home — which came out earlier this year.
The actor, who is also set to appear in the upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Staten Island, had two screen tests with Marshall before being chosen for the co-starring role — the most recent one reportedly took place last Saturday.
Though the prospect of the Sign of the Times singer playing Prince Eric pleased many Disney fans across the globe, it seems the decision to cast King was also met — for the most part — with positive reception.
Others seemed skeptical, expressing their disappointment.
Here’s what some excited Twitter users had to say:
Another skeptical user tweeted: “I thought about it and I can deal with who they casted for Prince Eric. With the right makeup and costume, he will be fine.”
As well as that, a number of other popular actors have been reported to lend their voices to the production, including Jacob Tremblay (Flounder), Awkwafina (Scuttle), and Daveed Diggs as Sebastian the crab.
Production for The Little Mermaid is anticipated to begin in early 2020.
— With files from Katie Scott