Melissa McCarthy Might Play Live-Action Ursula in ‘The Little Mermaid’ and Lizzo Isn’t Happy

It’s bad news for a few hopeful, unfortunate souls. Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play Ursula for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Though nothing is official, fans on Twitter sparked a debate regarding who should portray the Sea Witch. What does artist Lizzo think about Disney’s casting? Find out, here.

Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy | Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for CinemaCon

Who will play Ursula in Disney’s live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’?

On June 28, Variety posted an exclusive story regarding Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. The biggest news of the article was actress Melissa McCarthy is in the works to portray sea witch Ursula. The comedian starred in multiple films and television shows, including Saturday Night Live, Bridesmaids, and The Heat.

The film will include original songs from the 1989 animated film and new songs written by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda. According to Variety, the casting choice has not been finalized, so there’s still a chance to Lizzo to snatch the part.

Lizzo
Lizzo | Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage

Lizzo tweeted her response to the news about ‘The Little Mermaid’

Not everyone is excited about this casting choice for The Little Mermaid. Within a few hours of the article being posted, artist Lizzo expressed her disappointment online. Fans agreed in the comments, starting the “#JusticeForLizzo” hashtag on Twitter.

In 2018, Lizzo posted a video of herself dressed as Ursula, singing the character’s well-known song, “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” The artist retweeted her own video after Variety posted their article.

“I love Melissa and get why they went with an established ‘name,’ but I really think they missed it. Lizzo would have slayed this role in such a fresh way,” said one fan on Twitter.

“Just discovered you a few weeks ago and I know you’d kill this role. Let’s cross our fingers for one the Muses in Hercules I guess,” said another Twitter user.

Ginger Minj
Ginger Minj | Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Some fans want celebrities, like ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ alumna Ginger Minj, to play Ursula

The original animation of Ursula was based on a famous drag queen named Divine. As a drag queen and as a performer, some fans say RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, Ginger Minj, is the perfect person to portray Ursula. In fact, during live performances, Ginger Minj sometimes performs as the Sea Witch, singing “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”

“The design for Ursula is based on Divine. [Ginger Minj] is the closest you can get to Divine and has the pipes to belt ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls,'” said one Twitter user. “No discredit to other talent but it would be amiss on [Disney’s] part to cast anyone else in the part.”

Another fan on Twitter suggested Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Tituss Burgess should portray Ursula. The actor and comedian starred as Sebastian on Broadway. However, after a video surfaced of him singing “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” fans went crazy.

“No shade on Melissa being cast as Ursula, but just gonna drop this here,” said one fan on Twitter, sharing Tituss’ video. “Tituss Burgess does an amazing version of ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’ and my god the revolution should be lead by Tituss. Tituss was born to play #Ursula.”

Additionally, the BTS fanbase signed a petition to have the boy band’s member, Jimin, play Prince Eric. There is no confirmation regarding the rest of The Little Mermaid’s cast.