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Melissa McCarthy might star as Ursula in a remake of The Little Mermaid
Melissa McCarthy might star as Ursula in live action remake of The Little Mermaid. The star is in talks to sign on the role for the new remake. 

Melissa as Ursula

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Ursula is one of the biggest villains in Disney’s pantheon. Rob Marshall will be directing the remake of the animated movie. Disney has been remaking its classic animated movies into live-action features.  Their recent project, Aladdin was released a month ago. The new remake topped the $800 million mark around a week ago. The remake of The Lion King releases on 19 July 2019.

The original animation

Ron Clements and John Musker created the original animated movie in 1989. The movie won best original song and score for Alan Menken. In the new remake, Menken will compose the music and Lin-Manuel Miranda will write the lyrics for the songs. Miranda will also be producing the film.

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The animated movie is about a mermaid named Ariel who falls in love with a human prince. Her father is the King of the ocean. She embarks on a journey to become human and meets Ursula. Ursula grants her wish but takes Ariel’s voice.

Miranda and Marc Platt will co-produce the movie. Platt worked with Rob Marshall on Returns. Jessica Virtue and Allison Erlikhman will be overseeing the studio.


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The original animated film featured the voice of Jodi Benson as Ariel. The film earned $84 million at the U.S. box office and $233 million worldwide.

 Melissa McCarthy

Melissa Ann McCarthy is an American actress and comedian. Also, she is a writer, producer, and fashion designer. McCarthy has previously starred in, Spy, The Heat and Bridesmaids. Her role in these movies led to her Oscar nomination for best-supporting actress. Her most recent movie, Can You Ever Forgive Me? earned her an Oscar nomination for best actress.


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The actress has featured in annual rankings of the highest-paid actresses in the world. McCarthy is currently starring The Kitchen and action comedy Superintelligence.

The other cast

Many fans were hoping to see drag queen Divine (Glenn Milstead) starring as Ursula. However, she died shortly before the production started.

There are rumors that Zendaya will play the role of Ariel.

Little Mermaid

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Also Read: Disney released the trailer for Frozen 2 and the audience has a lot of questions

Last year, McCarthy told People, “It’s just a rumor, so we will see. I loved The Little Mermaid. It is honestly one of my favorite movies of all time. I was obsessed with it when I was a little kid.”

Disney has not announced a release date yet for the live-action The Little Mermaid. 


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