Melissa McCarthy responds to Disney's Little Mermaid Ursula rumours

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Melissa McCarthy has responded to rumours that she'll be joining the cast of Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

It was recently reported that the actress was in talks with Disney about joining director Rob Marshall in the movie to play the iconic villain and sea witch Ursula.

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the actress got quizzed by the presenter if that's really true.

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"I hadn't heard about that," McCarthy responded, teasing Kimmel and the audience. "It seems like it would be an awfully fun thing to do.

"I'd love it if Disney gave me a little ringy dingy. We'll see," she said, before giving the camera a cheeky wink.

"If that were to happen, that would be fun," replied Kimmel.

"If it did [happen], it would be very wonderful, Disney," McCarthy added.

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While the actress didn't reveal if she's really joining the live-action adaptation, she spoke of her fond memories of the original animation.

"I was a nanny when that first came out, and one of the little girls I was watching, we watched it every single night for a year and a half,” she told Kimmel. "So I know it, I know it to my core. And I weirdly still love it."

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Meanwhile, The Little Mermaid has recently confirmed the new additions to its cast which now include 12-year-old Room star Jacob Tremblay and Crazy Rich Asians actress and comic Awkwafina.

Tremblay will play a new version of Ariel's best friend Flounder – the bright yellow and blue-coloured tropical fish who was voiced by Jason Marin in the classic Little Mermaid.

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Awkwafina is playing the seagull Scuttle, who was voiced by the late comedian Buddy Hackett in the original animation.

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