Melissa McCarthy Rumored to be Ursula for Live-Action The Little Mermaid!

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Melissa McCarthy Rumored to be Ursula for Live-Action The Little Mermaid!

Whilst Disney continue to revamp animated classics to live-action adaptations, according to, Melissa McCarthy is rumored to be playing Ursula in the live-action The Little Mermaid! According to the article, the deal has not been finalized but early discussions have begun for McCarthy to portray the evil underwater witch in this new movie alongside Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall. This movie is yet to have a release day but could be expected over the next coming years.

Ursula has also remained a fan-favorite Disney Villain over the last few decades particularly with her famous “Poor Unfortunate Souls” by Pat Carroll and remains a cult classic among many. According to, director Rob Marshall is excited to update the film for a new generation and mentioned about adding new musical numbers to the classic soundtrack. Little Mermaid fans fear not because the Director did say “there are things I’ve learned about how you have to work to integrate songs into story, and how it has to feel earned. It can’t just be sort of put there, placed there because you feel there should be a song,”. He continues to hint, as he says “it has to be a song that’s earned, that takes you there. And so as we’re working on, in a way, fleshing out The Little Mermaid — Ariel has one song in the animated film — and so we’re looking for maybe more material.”. Little Mermaid fans do not fear for Rob Marshall will be joined by the amazing composer Alan Menken who is famous for creating many of classic Disney songs. Likewise, Menken and Marshall will be joined by none other than Hamilton scribe and Mary Poppins Returns and Moana star Lin-Manuel Miranda as he continues his partnership with Walt Disney Studios!

According to, actress Zendaya is also rumored to be staring in the live-action Little Mermaid, possible playing Ariel for the reboot! So what do you think of Melissa McCarthy playing Ursula?


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One thought on “Melissa McCarthy Rumored to be Ursula for Live-Action The Little Mermaid!

  1. No matter what you decide to do for the little mermaid it will be the wrong move. I’ve had the live action little mermaid story for you for years Disney. It’s the story of Ursula and her family lineage. Much the same take that was taken for Maleficent but with more family issues.

    I wish I had a way to give my written idea to Disney but I’ve no way to let them know. I’m a talented writer not that I like to boast. And I know I always have much to learn I just with I knew how to get my voice out there.

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