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    Melissa McCarthy Was Just Asked About Playing Ursula In "The Little Mermaid" And Her Response Was Very Interesting

    Did Melissa McCarthy just low-key reveal that she's secured the role?

    So at this point, everybody knows we have a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid to look forward to.

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    Earlier this month, it was revealed that actor and singer Halle Bailey had been cast as Ariel.

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    And although this is the only formal announcement by Disney when it comes to the casting, rumours have been rife about who will pick up the other roles.

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    One A-lister who is apparently in "early talks" with Disney to appear in the movie is none other than Oscar-nominated actor Melissa McCarthy. According to reports, she's vying for the role of the iconic villain and sea witch, Ursula.

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    When the rumours hit social media, they were met with mixed opinions. While some thought the casting was a brilliant match, others voiced their disappointment, saying it would have been the perfect opportunity to give the role to a person of colour or a drag queen.

    Legends, hit up a good #pattilabelle. but you have a slew of folks whose life works are to blast “poor unfortunate souls” out of the water (see what I did) they are voices are extraordinary. I’m sad that an opportunity was missed.

    Well, now McCarthy herself has spoken about the possibility of playing Ursula, although she had to do so in a very “nudge nudge, wink wink” kinda way, considering that nothing official has been announced yet.

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    "It seems like it'd be an awfully fun thing to do," McCarthy joked when asked by Jimmy Kimmel about the role. "I'd love if Disney gave me a little ringy-dingy."

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    "We'll see," she added before giving an exaggerated wink to the crowd. Proof that she already has the role in the bag?

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    It also turns out that McCarthy wouldn't need to do much preparation if she secured the role, revealing that she watched the movie so often while working as a nanny, she already knows all the words.

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    She said: "I was a nanny when that first came out, and one of the little girls I was watching, we watched it every single night for about a year and a half. No, I'm not kidding at all. I literally was like, 'I know it.' I know it to my core."

    I guess we'll just have to see what happens when Disney finally announces the full cast. In the meantime, you can watch McCarthy's full interview here.

    Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ben Henry at ben.henry@buzzfeed.com.

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