While we all love Disney’s animated movies, now they’re being adapted into live-action films, and we can’t seem to get enough. Fortunately, there seems to be no shortage, what with Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast and the recent release of Aladdin starring Will Smith. Next on the cards is the re-make of popular Disney classic, The Little Mermaid, with the world eagerly standing by, awaiting the announcement of the cast.
Word on the street
According to Variety, the hilarious and very talented Melissa McCarthy could possibly be gearing up to take on the role of the infamous sea witch, Ursula. The Bridesmaids actress is in early discussions about playing what would be her first family-friendly role but, as yet, nothing has been confirmed. All going well, she’ll take on the supervillain Ursula and nab the opportunity to sing a widely known song, Poor Unfortunate Souls. You don’t have to be a Melissa McCarthy fan to know she’d be perfect for the job.
The story follows Ariel, a princess mermaid, obsessed with life on land who falls in love with a human prince. However, when she makes a deal with the sea witch, Ursula, to become human for three days, things don’t go to plan.
Rob Marshall of Mary Poppins Returns is lined up to direct the film and, while original songs from the 1989 version will be included, we’ll also hear new tunes by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Until then …
We don’t know when the movie will be coming out but, in the meantime, we can enjoy the soon-to-be-released The Lion King directed by Jon Favreau. According to Variety, this notion of adapting the classic animated films into live-action movies has been hugely successful, what with Aladdin grossing 820 million worldwide. It’s not hard to see why with such epic and compelling tales filled with strong appealing heroes and heroines and of course super evil villains. Naturally, we can’t wait to see a famous character like Ursula, brought to life – and the fact that the multi-skilled actress Melissa McCarthy might be the one to do it is even more exciting.