Melissa McCarthy In Talks To Play Ursula In THE LITTLE MERMAID Remake

Oscar nominee is in early talks to play Ursula in Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, EW has confirmed.

The Disney live-action machine is happily churning away.

Though the studio hasn't officially made an announcement, Rob Marshall confirmed to EW a year ago that he was diving into directing the project immediately after Mary Poppins Returns, which hit theaters last December.

Melissa McCarthy may be ready to help some poor unfortunate souls in Disney's live-action version of "The Little Mermaid". The producers are looking to make "contemporary and compelling casting choices, while still paying homage to the beloved animated original".

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In addition to his musical duties, Miranda will also produce alongside La La Land producer Marc Platt. David Magee wrote the script.

Jessica Virtue and Allison Erlikhman are overseeing for the studio. No deal has been done, but it would be the latest piece in place for the project, part of Disney's reboots of its animated classics that include the recent Aladdin and the upcoming The Lion King. Per Variety, the Ghostbusters alum is in early talks to play the iconic villain (originally voiced by Pat Carroll), who gives Ariel human legs in exchange for the princess' lovely singing voice.

While McCarthy is known for her comedic work in films such as The Heat, Spy and Bridesmaids, the star earned her first Oscar nomination for a dramatic turn in 2018's Can You Ever Forgive Me?

McCarthy is repped by CAA and MGMT Entertainment.

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