With Aladdin only having just come out not too long ago and The Lion King on its way to the big screen later this month, Disney live-action movies are certainly on the mind. It’s almost quite fitting that we’d be getting some casting updates for one of their other numerous live-action adaptations in the works. This new one comes courtesy of Variety and revolves around everyone’s favorite sea witch.
The outlet states that Melissa McCarthy is in early talks to play the villainous Ursula in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The deal is not closed yet, so there’s still a chance this doesn’t go through, but it certainly seems like a solid fit.
Of course, McCarthy has been around for many, many years, but really rose to prominence with her role in Bridesmaids, which snagged her an Oscar nomination. Since then, she’s balanced between comedic roles like Spy and more serious roles like Can You Ever Forgive Me? It was only a matter of time until she made her way to the Disney family.
For those who don’t know, Ursula is the conniving sea witch who gives Ariel legs in exchange for her voice. Helming this project is Rob Marshall, who took on Mary Poppins Returns. The movie will incorporate the classic songs from the 1989 animated film and will also feature new ones from Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
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