As Disney Is Rumored To Cast Harry Styles As Prince Eric, Here Are Our Handsome Picks To Play The Disney Character
Recently, there’s been a lot of news surrounding the controversial casting of African-American actress Halle Bailey as Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid”. As you’ve probably seen, there’s been more than a few haters taking to their keyboards to voice their opinions about Ariel’s updated look under the hashtag #NotMyAriel. We understand that people are particularly protective over their childhood memories, but we’re also of the mind that “The Little Mermaid” is a fantasy story set in a fictional world where mermaids actually exist. So, the idea of a beautiful mermaid princess being Black isn’t something that’s more far-fetched than, I don’t know, a mermaid actually existing in the first place.
We, for one, are excited about the splash of color in the new film and would love to see Disney take their diverse casting a little further. We already know that Asian-American actress Awkwafina is in talks to play the goofy seagull, Scuttle, so we know that Disney is keeping their mind open when it comes to the ethnicity of their cast. We think that this “Little Mermaid” remake is the perfect opportunity cast Prince Eric as a sexy Latino man. We may be biased since Prince Eric was our first crush (and possibly our one true love), but the idea of seeing Latinx representation in the upcoming film along with a black Ariel just makes us giddy with joy. And in case Disney is at a loss for where to start when it comes to casting Ariel’s Prince Charming, we’ve decided to lend them a hand and make a list of 17 Latino zaddies that would make a perfect Prince Eric to Halley Bailey’s Ariel.
Take a peek below!
1. Josh Segarra
Josh Segarra is a Puerto Rican-American singer and actor that has been the star of numerous Broadway musicals, including the Gloria Estefan-inspired Broadway show “On Your Feet”, in which he played Emilio Estefan. His singing and acting talents, as well as his chiseled features, would make him the perfect Prince Eric.
2. Bruno Mars
Who wouldn’t love to see Puerto Rican-Filipino Bruno Mars on the big screen, playing the Knight in Shining Armor who rescues Ariel from her doomed fate as one of Ursula’s Poor Unfortunate Souls? Although Prince Eric doesn’t have any musical numbers in the original movie, we’re sure that they’d add a song or two for Mr. Mars.
Women of all ages would flock to the movie theaters to see Colombian heartthrob Maluma play the dashing Prince Eric. Not only can he sing, but any woman in their right mind would understand why Ariel would give up her voice for a chance at winning this hottie’s heart.
4. Rome Flynn
Twitter is already abuzz with the idea of Afro-Cuban zaddy Rome Flynn playing Prince Eric opposite to Halle Bailey’s Ariel. Just look at that smolder. He could melt any girl’s heart.
5. Anthony Ramos
Sure, you saw him and loved him in supporting roles in fan-favorites like “Hamilton” and a “Star is Born”, but we think it’s time for Nuyorican actor Anthony Ramos to take his rightful place as a leading man now. Those freckles, that smile…sigh.
6. Michael Galante
We’ve seen up-and-coming Latino actor Michael Galante on guilty pleasure TV shows like “Jane the Virgin” and “The Good Fight”, but we think it’s time this talented guy takes a leap to the silver screen. We mean, just check out this sexy Instagram account.
Miguel is a talented singer of mixed Mexican and Black descent. He’s already shown us he can act in the neo-noir movie “Live By Night”, and we’re sure he could pull of the smiley, charismatic Prince Eric in this new movie.
8. Diego Boneta
We know, we know–you’re sick of seeing Diego Boneta on our dream cast lists, but there’s a reason he keeps popping up in our imagination! This Mexican actor is not only gorgeous, but he’s is musically talented as well. Boneta first showed off his singing skills in the telenovela, “Rebelde”, and then he went on to release a self-titled album in select Latin American countries. We honestly think he was made for the role of Prince Eric.
9. Prince Royce
Prince Royce is the Dominican Prince we’ve been waiting to see on the big screen. Can’t you just imagine him jumping into the ocean in a desperate attempt to save Halle Bailey from certain doom? We know we could.
10. Tyler Posey
Tyler Posey has the exact kind of face that would make any girl fall in love with him after seeing him on the deck of a boat for five minutes. Additionally, the actor of Mexican descent fronts his own band called “Lost in Kostko”.
11. Tristan Mack Wilds
Tristan Wilds has a resume that would put most young actors to shame. The Cuban-American actor has been in critically-acclaimed movies like “The Secret Life of Bees” and “Red Tails” and he’s also starred in hit TV shows like the “90210” reboot and “Shots Fired.” We’d love to see him put on an over-the-top costume for “The Little Mermaid” and show us his range.
12. Danilo Carrera
Danilo Carrera is a stunning Ecuadorian actor and model who bears an uncanny resemblance to Prince Eric. We would love to see him break into the US market with a meaty role in a big-budget film like “The Little Mermaid” remake.
13. Jencarlos Canela
Jencarlos Canela is a triple threat: actor, singer, Cubano. But, seriously, this talented guy definitely has what it takes to hold his own against Halle Bailey in this live-action remake. Just check out his incredible Insta account!
14. Ismael Cruz Cordova
Puerto Rican actor Ismael Cruz Cordova had an incredible year, starring in both “Mary Queen of Scots” with Saoirse Ronan and “Miss Bala” with Gina Rodriguez, so we know he could handle being on the set of a blockbuster movie like “The Little Mermaid”. And not only is Cordova incredibly talented, but he’s also incredibly hot.
15. Samuel Larsen
Samuel Larsen first hit the scene by entering the TV contest “The Glee Project” and winning a role on the hit TV series, “Glee”. Most recently, Larsen flexed his acting chops in the role of Zed in the sexy teen drama “After”.This brooding actor/singer of Mexican descent would be a really interesting choice to play the traditionally upbeat role of Prince Eric.
16. Diego Tinoco
17. Froy Gutierrez
You may know Mexican-American actor Froy Gutierrez from shows such as “Bella and the Bulldogs”, “One Day at a Time”, and “Teen Wolf”. It’s easy to imagine Gutierrez standing on a beach, looking out into the sea for his long-lost love, Ariel. We definitely stan this dream casting.