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Melissa McCarthy talks to play Ursula in live action & # 39; Little Mermaid & # 39; (exclusive)



Melissa McCarthy may be ready to help some bad unlucky souls in Disney's live-action version of "The Little Mermaid."

Sources tell Variety that while the deal is not yet completed, McCarthy is in early talks to play the ocean witch Ursula in the live-action adaptation of "The Little Mermaid."

When Disney presents his live action version of the underwater story, there is a lot of buzz about the cast. Disney and the production team behind it seem to make contemporary and convincing casting choices while celebrating the beloved animated original.

"Mary Poppins Returns" director Rob Marshall is half. The film will incorporate the original songs from 1989 animated hit as well as new melodies from Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda also produces the movie with Marshall, Marc Platt and John DeLuca. David Magee wrote the script.

Jessica Virtue and Allison Erlikhman supervise the study.

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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 01: Actress Melissa McCarthy is participating in & # 39; Spy & # 39; New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard / Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 01: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends & # 39; Spy & # 39; New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard / Getty Images)

BERLIN, GEMANI – MAY 26: Melissa McCarthy participates in & # 39; Spy: Susan Cooper Undercover & # 39; Berlin Photocall at Hotel De Rome on May 26, 2015 in Berlin, Gemany. (Photo Luca Teuchmann / Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 27: Actress Melissa McCarthy is participating in the UK's Premiere of & # 39; Spy & # 39; at Odeon Leicester Square on May 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 10: Melissa McCarthy is seen May 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Janet Mayer / Star Max / GC Images)

LOS ANGELES – MAY 8: Late Late Show with James Corden flies on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, with guests Melissa McCarthy and Chris Parnell. (Photo by Terence Patrick / CBS via Getty Images)

TODAY – Image: Jennifer Lopez and Melissa McCarthy on Wenesday, May 9, 2018 – (Photo by: Nathan Congleton / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) 19659017] LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 07: Melissa McCarthy is seen at Jimmy Kimmel Live & # 39; May 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB / Bauer-Griffin / GC Images)

OPELIKA APRIL 30: Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy participate in & # 39; Life of the Party & # 39; world premiere at AMC Tiger 13 on April 30, 2018 in Opelika, Alabama. (Photo by Paras Griffin / Getty Images for Warner Bros.)

AUBURN, AL APRIL 30: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the Auburn University Tour at Auburn University on April 30, 2018 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Paras Griffin / Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 24: Actor Melissa McCarthy (L) and Director Ben Falcone Attend CinemaCon 2018 Warner Bros. Pictures invites you to "an exclusive presentation of our upcoming slate at the Colosseum at the Caesars Palace under CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theater Owners, April 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for CinemaCon)

JIMMY GAMES LIVE! – ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Features one-week guest hosts filling out for Jimmy, starting Monday, December 4. Guest hosting Thursday, December 7, was Melissa McCarthy with guests Octavia Spencer (& # 39; The Shape of Water & # 39;, actor Dave Franco (& # 39; The Disaster Artist & # 39;) and musical guest Hanson (Randy Holmes / ABC via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 16: Melissa McCarthy seen January 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo of BG015 / Bauer-Griffin / GC Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 13: Melissa McCarthy seen August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG020 / Bauer-Griffin / GC Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Comedian Dave Chappelle (L) and actor Melissa McCarthy speak on stage at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on 17th. September 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Jimmy Fallon & # 39; Episode 1722 – Pictured: Melissa McCarthy as Press Secretary Sean Spicer on April 15, 2017 – (Photo by: Chris Haston / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 20: Actress Kristen Bell and Actress Melissa McCarthy arrives at the Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures & # 39; & # 39; CHiPS & # 39; held at TCL Chinese Theater on March 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega / Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 20: Actress Melissa McCarthy arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere & # 39; CHiPS & # 39; at TCL Chinese Theater on March 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff / FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 18: Actress Melissa McCarthy is in the press room during the 2017 People's Choice Awards at the Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky / Getty Images for Fashion Media)

LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 18: FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTRESS, Melissa McCarthy during People's Choices Choosing 2017, the only major awards show where fans decide the nominees and winners across categories of movies, music and tv. Broadcast lives from Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 (9: 00-11: 00 PM, ET / Delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming / CBS via Getty Images)

PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 13: Ben Falcone (L) and Melissa McCarthy attend the Viacom Winter TCA Panels and Party on January 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard / Getty Images for Viacom)

PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 13: Melissa McCarthy attends the Viacom Winter TCA Panels and Party on January 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard / Getty Images for Viacom)




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The original version followed a mermaid princess who sought to meet a human prince on land. Menken wrote the music, including the Oscar-winning "Under Sea", "Part of Your World" and "Kiss the Girl." As for McCarthy, the talented actress will have the chance to sing "Poor Unfortunate Souls" one of the classic villainous songs in the Disney archive.

Adapting classic animated images to live-action features is a strategy that has been strong for the studio, most recently with its live action remake of "Aladdin", which has broken $ 820 million worldwide. The highly anticipated remake of "The Lion King" opens next month.

This will mark one of the first family-friendly roles of McCarthy, who has built his career at adult comedies, including "Spy", "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids", who earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Support Actress. She was last seen in "Can You Ever Forgive Me," a dramatic tour that also earned her an Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actress.

McCarthy resumed by CAA and MGMT Entertainment.


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