HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Melissa McCarthy is obviously interested in taking on the role of Ursula in Disney’s live-action “Little Mermaid,” winking at the camera when Jimmy Kimmel asked her if she’d be playing the part.
The actress addressed the rumors during her Monday night appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” after discussing her worst date ever and how her elderly father has started trapping squirrels in his car.
“I read that you are going to be a part of the live-action remake of ‘Little Mermaid,'” Kimmel asked. McCarthy joked, “What’s that?”
“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 added. “We’ll see,” she said, throwing an exaggerated wink to the camera. “If it did happen, it would be very wonderful, Disney.”
She went on to say she absolutely loves the original “Mermaid,” because when she worked as a nanny before hitting it big, she watched it “every single night for about a year and a half.”
“I know it to my core, and I weirdly still love it,” she said.
Her only worry was embarrassing her kids with her portrayal of the sea witch, who grants a mermaid (Ariel) a wish at great cost.
Halle Bailey, who is half the R&B duo Chloe x Halle with her sister, will play Ariel.
Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are also reportedly in talks to star in the remake.
Rob Marshall is signed on to direct, and Lin-Manuel Miranda will contribute to the film’s music.