Emma Stone’s ‘Cruella’ Adds Joel Fry to Cast

Aug 7, 2019

‘Cruella,’ another one of Disney’s live-action reimaginings, now has Joel Fry in talks to play Jasper, one of Cruella’s henchmen. He is the partner of Horace, portrayed by Paul Walter Hauser (‘BlacKkKlansman,’ ‘Cobra Kai’).

Fry was recently in Danny Boyle’s ‘Yesterday’ and Paul King’s ‘Paddington 2.’ He also played Hizdahr zo Loraq in eight episodes of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones.’ Next, he will appear in Dean Craig’s ‘Love. Wedding. Repeat,’ a remake of the French wedding comedy ‘Plan de Table.’

The film is a different take on the ‘101 Dalmations’ franchise, and will star Emma Stone as the titular character.

Emma Thompson (‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’) will play the film’s antagonist. She will portray the Baroness, who is pivotal to Cruella’s rise as the classic Disney villain.

Meanwhile, Dev Patel (‘The Newsroom,’ ‘Lion’) is circling the role of Roger. He is the owner of Pongo, the dog that helps Roger meet and fall in love with his wife Anita.

Moreover, the logline is below:

‘Estella (Stone), before she becomes Cruella De Vil, lives on the streets of 1980’s London with other hoodlums, where we learn the real origins behind Estella’s hatred of Dalmatians.”

Craig Gillespie (‘Lars and the Real Girl,’ ‘I, Tonya’) will serve as director.  Tony McNamara (‘Ashby,’ ‘The Favourite’) wrote the recent draft of the screenplay. The previous draft was from Dana Fox (‘How to be Single,’ ‘Isn’t It Romantic’).

Additionally, costume designer Jenny Beavan (‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ ‘Christopher Robin’), cinematographer Nicolas Karakatsanis (‘Triple 9,’ ‘I, Tonya’), and production designer Fiona Crombie (‘Macbeth,’ ‘The Favourite’) are all onboard.

Further, filming will now begin this September in London, England, once ‘The Ballad of Richard Jewell’ wraps August 30th.

‘Cruella’ will release on December 23, 2020.

Source: Variety

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