The comedy star could lend her significant talent to the icon’s remake.
Melissa McCarthy has built a considerable repertoire in comedic films. From leading the female-led Ghostbusters to other hits like The Heat, Tammy, and Bridesmaids; the actress has left her stamp on modern comedy. And now it seems she wants to stretch her …what’s that word again… legs a bit more.
Reports indicate that McCarthy is in early talks to join the upcoming Disney live action remake of The Little Mermaid. Her role? She may go from comedic heroine to Disney villainess as she could come on the project as the sea witch, Ursula.
The Little Mermaid originated from a gruesome fairy tale from Hans Christian Andersen. While the dark elements were removed from the 1989 Disney classic, the main plot points of a mermaid wishing to live as a human remains. The mermaid, Ariel, makes a deal with the sea witch to live as a human for a short time, and if she can find true love with her prince, then the spell will become permanent.
Ursula is, arguably, one of the least evil villains in modern Disney princess flicks. Yes, she turns the poor, unfortunate souls into little more than seaweed if they renege on the deals they sign. However, that’s not really her fault; it’s part of the contract, right? She provides them the opportunity to see life as they wish it, and then holds them to the deal they make with her. Is it advantageous, yes. Evil? That’s debatable.
In true Disney fashion, the film is filled with incredible music, and Ursula has one of the best tracks. Previously, we learned that Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana) is collaborating with the original composer, Alan Menken, to deliver the music for the remake. There’s no indication if Ursula a la McCarthy will reprise her fabulous song.
The Little Mermaid release date is still TBA.