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Live Action Version "The Little Mermaid" Confirms Eric Prince Re-casting Controversy



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Charlie Bailey (left) starred in the live-action film with Disney Little Mermaid Ariel and Prince Eric in the anime. [트위터, 영화사]

Charlie Bailey (left) starred in the live-action film with Disney Little Mermaid Ariel and Prince Eric in the anime. [트위터, 영화사]

Confirmed is Eric, the male protagonist of The Little Mermaid that Disney is preparing for a live movie.

Prince Eric in the mermaid live-action movie is played by British actor Ahona Howard King.

Diversity and other US entertainment media reported the news on Jonona Howard King's Little Mermaid on the 13th. Ahona Howard King is a British actor starring in "Songs by Name", "Road to Home" and "Old Boys".

Ahona Howard King poses during a photo event during a January 16 press tour at the PBS Television Critics Association. [AP=뉴시스]

Ahona Howard King poses during a photo event during a January 16 press tour at the PBS Television Critics Association. [AP=뉴시스]

The live-action movie "The Little Mermaid" was caught in controversy with casting black singer Charlie Bailey, 19, in the role of Ariel in July.

Fans of the film are opposed to the cast of Charlie Bailey because of the different skin color of the original heroine. Rob Marshall explained why Charlie Bailey was "a rare talented man who possessed not only a brilliant voice but also spirit, passion, purity and youth." Producers Disney and Charlie Bailey also said it didn't matter.

But this time there are worries that a white actor will be cast as a prince and racism controversy once again emerges.

In the original story, Prince Eric helps Ariel to settle on land. Fans point out that white men can be seen as illuminating black women.

In addition, there is an opinion that actor Harry Stiles of the movie "Dunker", previously mentioned as Prince Eric, is more appropriate. Harry Styles was nominated but was not caught. There are mixed opinions on the SNS for ahonne King King Casting.

By Lee Min-jung, staff reporter lee.minjung2@joongang.co.kr


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