“The Little Mermaid” Live cast its net over Rebel Wilson and the Australian actress will play Ursula in front of a live audience.
The live musical includes a 71-piece orchestra and 12-person choir under the lead of Michael Kosarin. The cast also has Sara Bareilles as Ariel, Darren Criss (Glee) as Prince Eric, Titus Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) as Sebastian and John Stamos (The Fuller House) as Chef Louis, Billboard reported.
Wilson’s portrayal of the sea witch is highly anticipated. Moreover, it’s likely some of her antics from “Pitch Perfect” will make its way on stage. Hence, it would definitely add a wickedly fun twist to Ursula’s character.
Wilson is excited about her upcoming role. She calls herself a “fangirl” of Ursula, the Mirror revealed. “I hope to do the amazing Pat Carroll [the original animated singing voice] proud by performing Ursula’s song,” Wilson said. “It’s just such a delicious role that I’ve always wanted to play,” she added. Here are 5 things we can expect from the Aussie funny girl to bring to the table.
1. Wilson as Fat Amy in “Pitch Perfect”
She already has an advantage since she can obviously sing. However, Wilson also boasts about her dancing skills that include mermaid dancing.
Adele might change her mind about Rebel Wilson playing her in a biopic after seeing this.
2. The Australian actress does a remarkable American accent.
The young Aussie shows Conan how she does it.
3. Rebel Wilson can rap.
If Alan Menken decides to add a bit of rap to “The Little Mermaid” live, then Rebelicious is ready.
Wilson also hit rap notes in “Pitch Perfect 2.”
4. Wilson is the Queen of Improv Dance.
Watch her bust a move with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.”
5. Wilson can also do her own stunts
She’s a trained ninja. She demonstrated her wicked skills on “The Graham Norton Show.” Her skill with nunchucks are handy after receiving death threats from 1D fans.
“The Little Mermaid” goes live on June 4 at The Hollywood Bowl. The original fairy tale penned by Hans Christian Andersen came out in 1837 and Walt Disney Pictures brought the animated musical fantasy onscreen in 1989.