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.
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.
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.