Disney may be looking to double up on the number of Emmas in their upcoming film Cruella. Emma Thompson is reportedly in talks to star in the film alongside Emma Stone, who will play the titular character, Cruella de Vil.
In their ongoing effort to remake many of their classic animated films into live-action adaptations, Disney has been working on Cruella since 2013. It’s not the first time the character has been portrayed in a live-action film. Glenn Close memorably portrayed the villain in the 1996 101 Dalmatians.
Thompson has become a familiar face/voice in Disney’s films in the past few years. After starring as P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins, opposite Tom Hanks’ Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks, she played Mrs. Potts in the 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Variety first reported the news that Thompson is in talks to star in Cruella.
Details on Cruella remain sparse at the moment. We do know that Craig Gillespie, director of I, Tonya, is at the helm. Previous reports stated the film would be set in the 80s and have a “punk vibe”. It’s possible Cruella could be a film similar to Maleficent where a classic villain is giving a softer, more sympathetic backstory to explain her wicked behavior. Could Thompson portray a later version of Cruella? Or maybe she’s a mentor to Stone’s Cruella?
Perhaps the most important question is whether anything in Cruella could live up to the truly iconic depiction of Cruella de Vil in Disney’s 1961 101 Dalmatians. She does have the best theme song after all.
Cruella is scheduled to release on December 23, 2020.