While the Internet was abuzz this morning with the news that One Direction star Harry Styles had signed on to play Prince Eric in the upcoming "Little Mermaid" live-action remake, it appears those reports were merely wishful thinking.

According to The Wrap, the actor-singer has "respectfully declined" the plum role.

Earlier today, AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas tweeted that Styles had been cast in the role. Both theater chains later deleted the tweets.

Styles would have starred opposite actress and singer Halle Bailey, who is playing Ariel.

He made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s "Dunkirk," and perhaps that was enough washing up on a beach and near-drowning for him. He also screen-tested for the role of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic, but the part went to Austin Butler.

Production on "The Little Mermaid" is expected to begin in early 2020. Additional casting announcements are expected soon.

[Via The Wrap]