Melissa McCarthy is in talks to star as the villainous Ursula in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.
The Oscar-nominated actress is yet to officially sign on the dotted line for the musical, according to Variety. It is being directed by Mary Poppins Returns and Chicago’s Rob Marshall and will combine both original songs from the 1989 classic and new tracks from Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
However, while some were quick to praise the prospect of McCarthy taking on the iconic role, just as many online folks reacted furiously to the news, as they insisted that either singers Ginger Minj or Lizzo should have be given it instead.
The design for Ursula is based on Divine. @TheGingerMinj is the closest you can get to Divine and has the pipes to belt Poor Unfortunate Souls. No discredit to other talent but it would be a miss on @Disney @DisneyStudios part to cast anyone else in the part. pic.twitter.com/aMAwj6QX5X
— LK (@LKtheDO) June 28, 2019
— Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) June 28, 2019
That’s the list. That’s it. Cast one of them or keep it on the playground
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) June 28, 2019
You have one job @Disney don't mess up Little Mermaid! Melissa McCarthy for Ursula? I'm sorry but no.
You can hire:
A Drag Queen
— 🇵🇷 Isabel Sophia Dieppa-Betancourt 🌹 (@IsabelSDieppa) June 28, 2019
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Actress Cynthia Erivo was particularly unimpressed with Disney’s decision, as she tweeted out a number of other acting options who would have helped to diversify and update The Little Mermaid for a modern audience.
The Ursula of it all has been on my chest and in all seriousness, this could have been a wonderful opportunity to update ideas. In a time when we have @thealexnewell #TitusBurgess @TheGingerMinj @lizzo @MsAmberPRiley #queenlatifah @kealasettle if you wanna go for
— Cynthia Erivo (@CynthiaEriVo) June 29, 2019
Lizzo was clearly upset to have missed out, though. Not only did she respond to the breaking news of McCarthy’s casting with this simple tweet ...
She then re-posted this incredible video of her performing Poor Unfortunate Souls from The Little Mermaid to prove just how perfect she could have been.
Minj didn’t take long to show her disappointment, too.
While the potential casting of McCarthy stole the headlines for a number of reasons, there were also rumours that Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean 8’s Awkwafina and Room’s Jacob Tremblay will star as Scuttle and Flounder, respectively, in The Little Mermaid, too.
But the big question now is, can Melissa McCarthy even sing?