It looks like Disney is already prepping its next live-action remake of a childhood favorite. This time, they’re taking things under the sea. As we gear up for The Little Mermaid to start production, it looks like Disney has been hard at work making some casting choices.
Sources tell Variety that they may have found their Ursula to help all those poor unfortunate souls in the film!
According to reports, Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play sea witch and evil villain Ursula in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.
While nothing is finalized yet, the alleged casting has caused mixed reactions.
could you imagine if in the live action little mermaid we would have zendaya as ariel AND lizzo as ursula… the POWER that would have but no disney is a lil bitch pic.twitter.com/oXggHskLVy
— swifties we raid at dawn fuck scooter lives (@parisprfct) June 28, 2019
You have one job @Disney don't mess up Little Mermaid! Melissa McCarthy for Ursula? I'm sorry but no.
You can hire:
A Drag Queen
— 🇵🇷 Isabel S. Dieppa 🔜 SDCC 🌹 (@IsabelSDieppa) June 28, 2019
Twitter is complaining about Oscar nominated actress Melissa McCarthy getting the role of Ursula over a drag queen that has no acting experience and Lizzo pic.twitter.com/a1Xwp9sh36
— – (@dangerouswoman) June 29, 2019
Melissa McCarthy will be Usala over my dead body. THAT BEING SAID I will tolerate 0 and I mean ZERO McCarthy slander in my feed. pic.twitter.com/aOeGbYmuqp
— property of Henry Golding (@ketaminewater) June 29, 2019
The original film many grew up on was first released in 1989, starring Jodi Benson as Ariel and Pat Carroll as Ursula. Following its debut, the film became a short-lived TV series of the same name. A film sequel, The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, was released in 2000. A prequel, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, came eight years later in 2008.
Director Rob Marshall (Mary Poppins Returns) is slated to head the upcoming remake, incorporating songs from the original film as well as some new songs from Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Miranda and Marshall will also be producing the film alongside Marc Platt and John DeLuca. David Magee will write the remake’s script.
Disney is pulling in bank on their live-action remakes with recently released Aladdin grossing $820 million worldwide. The Lion King, which debuts next month, is expected to pull in even more.
How do you feel about McCarthy possible being Ursula in the upcoming remake? Sound off in the comments below!