Jimmy Kimmell took the opportunity to grill Melissa McCarthy on rumors that she will be playing Ursula in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, during her appearance on last night’s (Monday 29 July) Jimmy Kimmel Live!
We have to say, Melissa handled her live quizzing fabulously…
“I read that you are going to be a part of the live-action remake of Little Mermaid,” Kimmel asked the 48-year-old American actress, best known for her roles in Spy, Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters and The Boss.
McCarthy interrupted and asked Kimmel: “What’s that?”
She carried on jokingly: “I hadn’t heard about that. It seems like it will be an awfully fun thing to do. I’d love if Disney gave me a little ringy ding ding,” she teased.
“We’ll see,” she added as she winked at the camera. “If it did happen, it would be very wonderful, Disney,” she continued to joke.
McCarthy went on to explain that she is well versed in the original 1989 animation, as she used to watch it almost every night when she was a nanny, long before the award-winning actress found global fame. She summarised: “I know it to my core and I weirdly still love it.”
McCarthy also confirmed that if she does indeed take on the infamous role of Ursula, the Sea Witch, she’s been asked by her kids not to “embarrass” them in her portrayal.
More casting announcements for Disney’s live-action Little Mermaid are expected in the coming weeks – including the official casting announcement for Ursula.
The coveted role of Ariel was recently nabbed by 19-year-old Halle Bailey, who with her sister forms R&B duo Chloe x Halle.
Actors Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are reportedly in talks to contribute their voices to CGI characters in the film – most likely, Flounder (Tremblay) and Scuttle (Awkwafina). Meanwhile, One Direction star Harry Styles is reportedly in talks to take on the role of Prince Eric and Javier Bardem is rumored to be playing King Triton.
Disney legend Alan Menken (who wrote the original music for The Little Mermaid) and Hamilton genius Lin-Manuel Miranda are both currently working on the music for the film.
Into the Woods and Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall is set to direct.
Watch Melissa McCarthy’s full interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! below.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter