The wait is over, Disney has finally cast its first actor for their live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid
According to Variety, Bridemaids star Melissa McCarthy is in talks to voice the villainous Ursula in the upcoming musical remake directed by Rob Marshall (Mary Poppins Returns). A deal has not been set but the actress is in heavy discussions and is likely to sign soon.
the film is slated to begin next April, with the studio looking to wrap sometime in August. However, voice work on the film could begin as early as January 2020. As of now, the studio is currently looking at locations to film the project including the Cayman Islands, South Africa, as well as Maro, La Cala, Torre del Mar, Almayate, Chilches, Benajarafe, and Torrox.
There has been speculation that the role of Ariel in the remake was offered to Zendaya. We here at The DisInsider attempted reaching out to her reps but, unfortunately, heard nothing back. When asked about the rumor during the Smallfoot press tour the actress simply stated: “we will see.” Lin-Manuel Mirada, who is set to team up with Alan Menken on the music for the film took to social media tease the project by simply putting a mermaid emoji, coincidently the mermaids’ skin color used was of color.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 10, 2019
As of right now, there is no release date for the film. We expect to hear more news on this project at Disney’s bi-annual D23 Expo this August.