The original animation
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.
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 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.
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.
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.