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It’s been an emotional rollercoaster of a week for Harry Styles fans, with back-and-forth reports that the star would be stepping into the role of Prince Eric in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. If nothing else, Harry’s perfectly coiffed locks seemingly made him an ideal fit as Ariel’s love interest, right?

Ultimately, it looks like Harry has passed on the role – so where does this leave fans? Heartbroken? Angry? Unable to envision another actor with incredibly voluminous hair filling Eric’s shoes?

Not quite.

Following reports that Styles probably won’t be the next Disney prince, beloved comedian and The Lion King star Billy Eichner took to Twitter to announce he’s willing to step in.

Naturally, social media erupted over the possibility. Recently starring as the voice of Timon in the live-action reboot of The Lion King, it looks like Billy might have the fan-approved chops to remain in the Disney franchise a little bit longer. From Parks and Recreation to American Horror Story, the comedian has more than proved he has the range, so who can blame him for throwing his hat into the ring?

He may not be crooning at us over the loud speakers with pop-infused ballads, but he does have experience yelling at strangers on the street with Academy Award winners, and that should count for something.

Admittedly, Billy is a fair bit older than Prince Eric as depicted in the original story, which might leave fans wondering what the new Eric could look like. Is he Ariel’s hip, older best friend? Wingman? Beachside pilates instructor? With his great hair, strong jawline and quick wit, we’re pretty sure Billy could make it work. After all, what’s a modern reboot without a little re-imagining?

While the world waits on the official Prince Eric casting, The Little Mermaid already promises an incredible cast with Halle Bailey confirmed as Ariel and Melissa McCarthy reportedly cast as Ursula. Also in talks to join the project are Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Awkwafina as Scuttle the seagull, and Javier Bardem as King Triton.

Billy’s tweet may have started as a well-timed joke, but it seems the people have spoken. At the very least, he’s helped us all get over our Harry Styles heartbreak.

Luckily, with filming rumoured to start in April 2020, we shouldn’t have to wait for the complete, official cast list much longer.