Melissa McCarthy is in early talks to star as villainous sea witch Ursula for Disney‘s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.” Reported exclusively by Variety, the two-time Academy Award nominated actress and comedian is being eyed for the key role in the adaptation helmed by “Mary Poppins Returns” director Rob Marshall. The 1989 animated classic saw Ariel, a mermaid princess, try and assimilate herself into the human world on land and discover love with a prince. The live-action attempt will be using all original songs, as well the Oscar-winning tracks “Kiss the Girl” and “Under the Sea” from songwriter/composer Alan Menken.
From the Variety article:
Sources tell Variety that while the deal is not yet completed, McCarthy is in early talks to play the sea witch Ursula in the live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.”
As Disney preps its live action version of the undersea tale, there’s a lot of buzz about the cast. Disney and the production team behind it are looking to make contemporary and compelling casting choices, while still paying homage to the beloved animated original.
The film will incorporate the original songs from the 1989 animated hit as well as new tunes from Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda is also producing the film along with Marshall, Marc Platt and John DeLuca. David Magee wrote the script.
McCarthy is an actress who’s shown incredible range over the recent years. Her two Oscar nominated performances in “Bridesmaid” and last year’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” prove that. Her latest roles will see her in the Andrea Berloff crime drama, “The Kitchen,” which releases August 9. She’s also completed working on Ben Falcone’s action comedy, “Superintelligence,” starring alongside Brian Tyree Henry and James Corden.
Jessica Virtue and Allison Erlikhman are executive producing.