emma stone cruella de vil

Last year, screenwriter Kelly Marcel was given the unenviable task of writing a live-action movie centered around Cruella de Vil, the nastiest and most inherently unlikable character in the Disney animated canon. Other baddies may have larger plots (like seizing control of entire kingdoms), but the villainess from 101 Dalmatians wants to abduct and murder puppies so she can make coats. Compared to the buffoonish Gaston or the power-hungry Evil Queen, she is literally Satan.

Now, Disney is currently looking to cast overwhelmingly lovable Emma Stone as a young Cruella in the appropriately titled Cruella. That’s certainly step one in finding some way to make a cruel dog killer a viable lead character in a tentpole movie. Read on about the Emma Stone Cruella de Vil casting below.

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Cruella de Vil spinoff

Yesterday, Disney set release dates for four more as-yet-untitled live-action fairy tales. At the time, we rattled off a long list of such projects already in development at the studio, from Dumbo to Mulan, but one we overlooked now looks likely to claim one of those spots. Disney is reportedly fast-tracking Cruella, a retelling of 101 Dalmatians that has Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) on board to write.

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Cruella de Vil

Apparently, Disney has found another niche of their catalog to mine moving head. They’re currently finishing Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie based on the villainess in Sleeping Beauty and now another foul Disney female is heading to the silver screen. The company has just hired writer Aline Brosh McKenna (Cinderella, The Devil Wears Prada, Annie) to write Cruella, a live-action film based on the classic villainess from 101 Dalmatians. Six-time Oscar-nominee Glenn Close played the role in two live action films but those were centered on the dalmatians. This will likely focus on her backstory, but that’s unconfirmed.

Producer Andrew Gunn (Sky High, Bedtime Stories) is also attached. Read More »