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Lizzo campaigns to play Ursula in The Little Mermaid reboot over frontrunner Melissa McCarthy

Lizzo campaigns to play Ursula in The Little Mermaid reboot over frontrunner Melissa McCarthy

Hours after Variety reported that two-time Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy was ‘in early talks’ to star as Ursula in Rob Marshall’s CGI/live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, Lizzo continued her campaign to play the Disney octo-villain.

The 31-year-old rapper-singer-flutist tweeted a sad pleading eyes emoji over the article about the 48-year-old mother-of-two’s possible casting on Friday.

The Juice hitmaker then retweeted a video of herself belting a few bars of Poor Unfortunate Souls in costume as the sinister sea witch last Halloween.  

Who will play the Disney octo-villain? Hours after Variety reported that two-time Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy was 'in early talks' to star as Ursula in Rob Marshall's CGI/live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, Lizzo (pictured Wednesday) continued her own campaign

Who will play the Disney octo-villain? Hours after Variety reported that two-time Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy (L) was ‘in early talks’ to star as Ursula in Rob Marshall’s CGI/live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, Lizzo (R) continued her own campaign

Nooooo! The 31-year-old rapper-singer-flutist tweeted a sad pleading eyes emoji over the article about the 48-year-old mother-of-two's possible casting on Friday

Nooooo! The 31-year-old rapper-singer-flutist tweeted a sad pleading eyes emoji over the article about the 48-year-old mother-of-two’s possible casting on Friday

Lizzo (born Melissa Jefferson) just met Melissa at the MTV Movie and TV Awards on June 15 and McCarthy later gushed about their close encounter on Instagram.

The Can You Ever Forgive Me actress captioned a snap of the moment: ‘Hopefully when I grabbed @lizzobeeating and told her I loved her, 1% of her magic was transferred to me so now by osmosis I am 1% that b****.’

Urusula was famously voiced by Pat Carroll in the 1989 animated classic, but producer-lyricist Howard Ashman based the look and feel of the character on his friend from Baltimore, drag icon Divine.

And while it’s unknown how well Melissa can actually sing, she proved her Divine cred by dressing up like his Pink Flamingos character Babs Johnson for an Entertainment Weekly spread back in 2011. 

'I'm Ursula. Period': The Juice hitmaker then retweeted a video of herself belting a few bars of Poor Unfortunate Souls in costume as the sinister sea witch last Halloween

‘I’m Ursula. Period’: The Juice hitmaker then retweeted a video of herself belting a few bars of Poor Unfortunate Souls in costume as the sinister sea witch last Halloween

'I told her I loved her': Lizzo (born Melissa Jefferson) just met Melissa at the MTV Movie and TV Awards on June 15 and McCarthy later gushed about their close encounter on Instagram

‘I told her I loved her’: Lizzo (born Melissa Jefferson) just met Melissa at the MTV Movie and TV Awards on June 15 and McCarthy later gushed about their close encounter on Instagram

Drag queen roots: Urusula was famously voiced by Pat Carroll in the 1989 animated classic

But producer-lyricist Howard Ashman based the look and feel of the character on his friend from Baltimore, John Waters muse Divine (pictured in 1983)

Drag queen roots: Urusula was famously voiced by Pat Carroll in the 1989 animated classic, but producer-lyricist Howard Ashman based the look and feel of the character on his friend from Baltimore, John Waters muse Divine (R)

Filthiest person alive! And while it's unknown how well Melissa can actually sing, she proved her Divine cred by dressing up like his Pink Flamingos character Babs Johnson for an EW spread back in 2011

Filthiest person alive! And while it’s unknown how well Melissa can actually sing, she proved her Divine cred by dressing up like his Pink Flamingos character Babs Johnson for an EW spread back in 2011

Who will be cast? The upcoming Little Mermaid reboot will incorporate the original songs from the 1989 animated hit as well as new tunes from OG composer Alan Menken and new producer Lin-Manuel Miranda

Who will be cast? The upcoming Little Mermaid reboot will incorporate the original songs from the 1989 animated hit as well as new tunes from OG composer Alan Menken and new producer Lin-Manuel Miranda

The upcoming Little Mermaid reboot will incorporate the original songs from the 1989 animated hit as well as new tunes from OG composer Alan Menken and new producer Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The Detroit-born, Minneapolis-based sensation will make her onscreen acting debut as a stripper in Lorene Scafaria’s drama Hustlers – hitting US/UK theaters September 13 – alongside Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, and Mercedes Ruehl.

‘Coming to a theater near you. I’ve seen some of it. It’s going to be very sexy. I turn it up!’ the UglyDolls actress told Variety on Thursday.  

Hitting US/UK theaters September 13! The Detroit-born, Minneapolis-based sensation will make her onscreen acting debut as a stripper in Lorene Scafaria's drama Hustlers

Hitting US/UK theaters September 13! The Detroit-born, Minneapolis-based sensation will make her onscreen acting debut as a stripper in Lorene Scafaria’s drama Hustlers

The UglyDolls actress told Variety on Thursday: 'I've seen some of it. It's going to be very sexy. I turn it up! Everybody else had training. I had no dance training. So I'm really out there wobbling. I was just twerking in the strip club' (cast pictured April 23)

The UglyDolls actress told Variety on Thursday: ‘I’ve seen some of it. It’s going to be very sexy. I turn it up! Everybody else had training. I had no dance training. So I’m really out there wobbling. I was just twerking in the strip club’ (cast pictured April 23)

Performing at Glastonbury Saturday! Lizzo will next bring her Cuz I Love You Tour to Belgian music festival Rock Werchter at The Barn this Sunday

Performing at Glastonbury Saturday! Lizzo will next bring her Cuz I Love You Tour to Belgian music festival Rock Werchter at The Barn this Sunday

‘Everybody else had training. I had no dance training. So I’m really out there wobbling. I was just twerking in the strip club. I did what I had to do.’

Lizzo noted that she’d act in another movie if ‘I think if the role is right, if the time is right and if the check is right.’

The Truth Hurts songstress will next bring her Cuz I Love You Tour to Belgian music festival Rock Werchter at The Barn this Sunday.



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