It had been a while since we'd heard much about Cruella, Disney's planned film about the origins of Cruella de Vil, the antagonist in 101 Dalmatians. But with the Mouse House recently announcing that the film would arrive next year, we also now know who will be joining Emma Stone in the cast: Emma Thompson.
Or at least, she will be if her contract negotiations work out; according to Variety, she's in early talks to take an unknown role in the film. Beyond featuring a younger take on de Vil and likely exploring how she got to be the fur-craving fashionista we met in the 1961 animated version and the 1996 live-action take (not to mention the sequels to both and a short-lived TV 'toon series), much about the film remains shrouded in mystery.
I, Tonya's Craig Gillespie is directing the film, with the script currently attributed to Tony McNamara, working from a previous draft by Dana Fox. Everything, of course is inspired by Dodie Smith's 1956 children's tome.
Cruella currently has a US release date pencilled in for 23 December, 2020. Thompson is on TV screens now in Russell T. Davies' Years And Years and has two films due next month: Late Night on the seventh and Men In Black: International on the 14th.
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