Disney heard fans' outcry for a black Ursula and delivered — at least, for the live TV musical version.
When Melissa McCarthy was revealed as the rumored Ursula for the upcoming live-action movie starring Halle Bailey, the response was mostly negative. Many thought a queer person or person of color should take on the role that was based on iconic drag queen Divine.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of The Little Mermaid, ABC is putting on a live musical version of the film. Premiering on November 5, reggae musician Shaggy will play Sebastian, and Auli'i Cravalho, the voice of princess Moana, will lead as Ariel.
On the big screen or small, Queen Latifah is going to absolutely nail this part, and no one is complaining about even more Little Mermaid content coming our way.
Many people dreamt up who they'd like to see as Ursula, and Queen Latifah was a hot contender. Perhaps Disney listened to fans' outcry after the announcement of Melissa McCarthy and decided to give her a chance. Then again, maybe not, because otherwise Lizzo would be taking on the villainous role. I mean... did they not see her stellar cosplay or that video on Twitter with her chill-inducing evil laugh?