Jonah Hauer-King is Prince Eric in "The Little Mermaid"
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While most of the cast of the live-action Little Mermaid had already been cast, Prince Eric was proving to be a difficult find. 

First Harry Styles was in talks to play the role, but he reportedly turned it down. Other cast members already slated for the movie include Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, and Awkwafina as Scuttle

Now the film has found its Prince Eric in British-born Jonah Hauer-King. The up-and-coming actor has been seen in A Dog's Way Home in 2019, PBS's Little Women in 2017, and the BBC series World on Fire

Here's everything to know about the rising star and how he landed the coveted part in the live-action reboot. 

This heartthrob is originally from London, but says he feels the US is very much a part of his identity. 

The UK native has dual citizenship in the United Kingdom and the United States, and once shared with TV Show Patrol in 2018 that "being American is definitely part of my identity." Hauer-King went to Cambridge University before getting his start in the entertainment industry. Recently he's held a number of important roles alongside famous actors. 

The 24-year-old played Laurie on PBS's Little Women, with Maya Hawke as Jo.

Hauer-King has maintained positive friendships with most of his costars from the series. He revealed to TV Show Patrol in an interview that he often makes close friends with the women on set, most likely because of the positive relationship he had growing up with his mother and sisters. Maya Hawke shared a sweet post on Instagram for his birthday in 2018, "birthday ... boy," she wrote with a black heart emoji. 

You might recognize him as the lead, Lucas, from A Dog's Way Home. 

His latest film role was in the feel-good dog movie A Dog's Way Home in 2019. There he stole hearts as the loving owner of a courageous pup who gets lost. Working alongside trained dogs won't be anything new to the actor when he has to meet Eric's sheepdog, Max. 

Hauer-King has worked in a variety of films and shows, including serious period pieces like World on Fire. 

This BBC drama is focused on World War II events and everyday people who were affected. Hauer-King plays Harry Chase, a soldier with plenty of brooding smolder. Before he gets started on The Little Mermaid, the actor has two more film projects to wrap. He'll star in Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar, a TV movie about an archaeological dig in Iraq gone wrong, and Once Upon a Time in Staten Island, a coming-of-age family drama with Naomi Watts. 

He has the vocal chops to keep up with Halle Bailey, as proven by this old YouTube clip.

In this old YouTube clip, Hauer-King croons to Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." While Eric doesn't sing much in the original animated film, it's possible they will add a few songs to the live-action musical. Variety reported that Hauer-King went through two screen tests to get the part, his latest occurred on November 9 with the film's director, Rob Marshall.