The Little Mermaid film
The former One Direction star "respectfully declined," according to reports, and the search now goes in a new direction.
Despite the negativity, the 19-year-old singer and actress had only positive things to say.
Queen Latifah and Shaggy are on board as Ursula and Sebastian for the network's first live-action TV musical.
The actor and singer told E! News that he "thought it was so special" that the 19-year-old, of musical duo Chloe x Halle, was cast as Ariel.
“It’s an important battle to fight and she’s not alone,” said Diana Huey, who played Ariel in a national touring production of the fairytale.
He's got the muscles to rule the mussels. And Twitter agrees.
The 19-year-old singer, who is half of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle, will star as Ariel in Disney’s remake.
The 19-year-old singer, who is half of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle, called the casting news a "dream come true."
Actress Jodi Benson opens up about the secrets of "The Little Mermaid" and how she deals with critics.