Melissa McCarthy in Talks to Portray Ursula in Live-Action “The Little Mermaid”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Melissa McCarthy is in talks to portray Ursula in the upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. The film is set to be directed by Mary Poppins Returns’ Rob Marshall and will feature music by Disney Legend Alan Menken with Moana’s Lin-Manuel Miranda contributing new lyrics.

Melissa McCarthy’s Disney Work:


  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Fox Searchlight
  • Spy: 20th Century Fox
  • Samantha Who?: ABC

About The Little Mermaid:


  • Originally released in November 1989
  • Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements
  • Ursula was originally voiced by Pat Carroll
  • Was the first Disney animated feature based on a classic fairy tale in 30 years following Sleeping Beauty
  • Disney originally considered making an animated adaptation of The Little Mermaid in the late 1930s