Melissa McCarthy in talks to play Ursula in live action The Little Mermaid

Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy is in early talks to star as sea witch Ursula in the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.

Disney have had a live action remake in the works for years although not a lot is known about their plans other than that Rob Marshall was down to direct and Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame was attached to produce and do the music.

But trade magazine Variety has now claimed that Oscar nominee is in talks to take on the role of the villain who takes Ariel’s voice in return for a pair of human legs.

Melissa has been nominated for an Oscar twice, for comedy Bridesmaids in 2012 and Can You Ever Forgive Me in 2019.

The Ghostbusters star however has previously spoken out about her weight and how she is often treated differently or asked insensitive questions.

Melissa said the ‘blood drained out of me’ as she was ‘repeatedly’ asked about her ‘tremendous size’ on camera during one interview with a male journalist.

The 48-year-old noted that men are rarely asked about their weight but she told InStyle: ‘I do remember another interview I did for Bridesmaids with somebody who later lost his job for a conversation he had on a bus with someone else.

‘I won’t mention names, but just think about it.

He kept asking, “Are you shocked that you actually work in this business at your tremendous size?”

‘I thought, “With my tremendous size, I could tackle you so quickly.”

‘There were two cameras on him, and one was on me, and he went back to that question three or four times.’

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