Queen Latifah has revealed she has been cast to star as the sea witch Ursula, while Shaggy will be the lovable red crab Sebastian in the Little Mermaid to mark the movies 30th anniversary.
Queen Latifah celebrated the casting news by channelling her inner Ursula online:
— Queen Latifah (@IAMQUEENLATIFAH) August 5, 2019
Her fans were elated
Just ★A★ Dancer..
It’s just got much more LIT 🔥
What??!!!! This is so freaking awesome!!!! Cannot wait to see you as Ursula!!!! #thosepoorunfortunatesouls #TheLittleMermaid
I’m still praying for you to be Ursula in the live action movie but I’m still excited!!!
Paul L. Snelson, II..
I’m such a fan and admirer of you! You were such a great Truvy always a voice of reason and a voice of wit I just know you’re going knock their socks 🧦 off in this role of Ursula so proud of you!
I am actually going to watch this because of her. Ursula is my favorite Disney “villain” and also the most formative Disney movie in that group of films that are all associated together. And then I grew up and loved Queen Latifah.
ABC has announced a November 5, 2019 airdate for its live celebration of The Little Mermaid.
The 8:00pm event, which will air as part of the Wonderful World of Disney series.
First produced by Disney as a 1989 animated film, The Little Mermaid was adapted to the stage as a 2008 Broadway musical headlined by Sierra Boggess as Ariel. An upcoming live-action film remake, starring Halle Bailey, is currently in the works.