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The Little Mermaid trailer: Melissa McCarthy revealed as Ursula

Melissa McCarthy has those poor unfortunate souls in her sights

Watch: The Little Mermaid gets a full-length trailer

A new trailer for Disney's live action The Little Mermaid debuted during the 2023 Oscars giving us our best look yet at Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy as Ursula.

After many teases, the full-length trailer trailer for the remake of the Oscar-winning 1989 animation, revealed the evil sea witch in all her glowing tentacled glory, and fans were absolutely loving it.

Read more: Everything we know about The Little Mermaid

"The voice? the laugh? oh miss Melissa ate this role up! so excited for this movie," one fan wrote on Twitter.

"Never doubted you Melissa," shared another.

A still from the new trailer for The Little Mermaid. (Disney)
A still from the new trailer for The Little Mermaid. (Disney)

Also revealed in the trailer were Awkwafina as the seabird Scuttle, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian the crab, and Javier Bardem as King Triton.

Halle Bailey, who plays Ariel, and McCarthy appeared on stage together at the Oscars to introduce the trailer during the broadcast of the 95th Academy Awards.

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The trailer was promptly followed by a new poster for the movie, which you can see below.

Halle Bailey, Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy on the new poster for The Little Mermaid. (Disney)
Halle Bailey, Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy on the new poster for The Little Mermaid. (Disney)

The Little Mermaid is directed by Oscar-nominee Rob Marshall (Chicago, Mary Poppins Returns) with a screen play by two-time Oscar nominee David Magee (Life of Pi, Finding Neverland).

The songs feature music from multiple Academy Award-winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) and lyrics by Howard Ashman, and new lyrics by three-time Tony Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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The film will follow the plot of the animated original which featured the voice of Pat Carroll as Ursula. Carroll sadly died in 2022 at the age of 95.

A still from the new trailer for The Little Mermaid. (Disney)
A still from the new trailer for The Little Mermaid. (Disney)

Talking to Yahoo in 2020, McCarthy admitted she loved inheriting the role from the icon.

“The whole process with Rob Marshall has just been amazing. It's such a juicy, great part. I can't wait," she said.

“I've kind of fallen in love with her. I have seen The Little Mermaid like nine billion times, strangely, so to get to play Ursula was like a dream come true.”

The Little Mermaid swims into cinemas 26 May, 2023.