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Melissa McCarthy tapped to play Ursula in The Little Mermaid revamp

Comedian Melissa Mccarthy is in talks to embrace her dark side as Ursula in the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.

The Bridesmaids star is still in the early stages of negotiations to portray the sea witch in the remake of the beloved animated Disney movie, which will be directed by Mary Poppins Returns filmmaker Rob Marshall, according to Variety.

Further casting details have yet to be revealed, but Spider-Man: Homecoming actress Zendaya was previously rumored to have been approached to play the titular character, Ariel.

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Composer and songwriter Alan Menken, who wrote the music for the 1989 film, will return to create some new tunes for the project with Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will also serve as a producer, alongside Marshall.

The new version of The Little Mermaid, inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen story of the same name, is expected to move into production early next year (2020).

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