According to various reports, Melissa McCarthy is the leading name for the role of Ursula in the upcoming The Little Mermaid live-action remake.
The production of the live-action adaption of the classic Disney film was announced in 2016, and although there isn’t a scheduled release date for the film, ramblings about casting the film have people convinced that we could see the movie in theaters soon. According to polygon.com, filming for the live action version of the flick will begin sometime in 2020.
A couple of days ago Variety announced that Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play Ursula in the remake. In this report Variety also stated that the film will see the “Mary Poppins Returns” director Rob marshall at the helms of the animated hit.
While the production will include tunes from the original animated production, the remake will include “new tunes from Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.”
After hearing that Melissa McCarthy might play the role of the Ursula, a villain who many fans of the film have a love/hate relationship with. People let their opinions known on the potential casting and they were very wide in range.
ABSOLUTELY TF NOT. We all know Ursula was black c’mon now. https://t.co/XCEXRLTK0k— B (@beejay528) June 28, 2019
Ursula is black. and since y’all need help casting her i’ve decided to be nice and help y’all out by giving you a list of plus size black women who can play her— tony janeā stark⎊ (@heyyitsjanea) June 29, 2019
you’re welcome Hollywood https://t.co/XBXaaL87Ue
I'm sorry, but we can have a FAR better Ursula than Melissa McCarthy! Are you KIDDING me?! Hello! Queen Latifah! You already had it perfectly spelled out for you YEARS ago. Come ON, Disney. You can do better than that.— The Other Apprentice (@ZoraCatone) June 28, 2019
We all know THIS is the Live Action Ursula we truly deserve. pic.twitter.com/JSLe9AM2hA
I LOVE Melissa McCarthy and she's amazing, but I was really pulling for Titus as Ursula pic.twitter.com/U4NaylmYL3— yes, I am an INTP (@HannahAnneli) June 28, 2019
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
The amount of people who don’t know that Disney designed Ursula the Sea Witch after the drag queen Divine surprises me pic.twitter.com/4Aiae467Y9— zoe 🌻 ig: zoe.amira 🌻 (@zoeamira1) June 29, 2019
What made y’all think Ursula is black when she transforms into a WHITE WOMAN?!— Midari (@bettyniixx) June 29, 2019
Y’all are literally just type casting fat black women as a ‘sassy’ villain. Ursula is literally based of a white drag queen so why not have this same energy for, idk, Lizzo as Ariel since y’all care about breaking boundaries and representation or whatever https://t.co/KsgHN4VmrJ— 🛸 (@Abalisah) June 29, 2019
Y’all argue all day about stereotypes and caricatures, but Ursula is black because she’s a loud, fat, sassy, sea creature pic.twitter.com/5EhBNJC1kP— Mm… (@Joracle_) June 29, 2019
I actually feel like a singing drag queen should play Ursula!— Kalen Allen (@TheKalenAllen) June 29, 2019
I love Melissa McCarthy but @TheGingerMinj really should be cast as Ursula in the live action remake of The Little Mermaid.— Sarah 🦁 (@beautiflgarbage) June 29, 2019
Ursula was based off a drag queen so it’s only right a drag queen is cast, and Ginger is perfect for the role. pic.twitter.com/0YhpQFAtdn
Twitter is complaining about Oscar nominated actress Melissa McCarthy getting the role of Ursula over a drag queen that has no acting experience and Lizzo pic.twitter.com/a1Xwp9sh36— – (@dangerouswoman) June 29, 2019
@Disney please cast a drag queen in the role of Ursula. She was originally modeled after Divine. Live action should mimick that. Please be on the forefront and cast a Drag queen— Preston Dodd (@phdodd1987) June 28, 2019
I mean Ursula was inspired by Divine. She has to be somebody in drag who can sing. pic.twitter.com/tUD7rCVJa3— ⚜️🖤 Jess 🖤⚜️ (@Jess4_RK) June 28, 2019
Melissa McCarthy as Ursula is perfect casting. Disney is one of the best in the biz at matching their iconic characters with the right actors. This pairing will go… wait for it… swimmingly.— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) June 28, 2019
It’s likely true that the people casting The Little Mermaid remake could care less about the opinions of random people on the internet but I tend to agree with the idea that the role should at least be given to a drag queen with significant camp experience.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.