‘Cruella,’ another one of Disney’s live-action reimaginings will begin filming July 9th and wrap this November in London, England.
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’) is in early talks to play the film’s antagonist. If she signs, 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 “Raj” aka Roger, the owner of Pongo, who helps Roger meet and fall in love with his wife Anita.
Further, there are some casting details on the duo that serve as Cruella’s henchman. An African American actor may fill the role of Jasper, while his partner Horace will likely be Caucasian.
Moreover, Craig Gillespie (‘Lars and the Real Girl,’ ‘I, Tonya’) will serve as director. He replaces Alex Timbers (‘Mozart in the Jungle,’ ‘John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City’), who was part of the film for awhile, but had to depart due to scheduling issues.
Additionally, 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’).
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.”
‘Cruella’ will release on December 23, 2020.