If you didn't know that Disney was planning Cruella, an origin story for the dastardly villain of 101 Dalmatians, I don't blame you. Mostly because I honestly didn't know either — until now! And late is better than never and all that. The exciting thing is that the reason I've finally heard about it is because there is a big rumor going around that the film has found its Cruella!
Oh yes, and it definitely isn't someone you would expect to take on the role! While the live action version of Cruella in 1996's 101 Dalmatians was made famous due to Glenn Close's performance...
We may be about to see a very different Cruella on screen. It is, after all, an origin story. It turns out that our new Cruella De Vil may just be...
That's right! Stone, of The Amazing Spider-Man, Zombieland and Easy A fame is in talks to star, and it looks like negotiations are going to have be quick because Disney wants the filming to happen this year, with a release date set for 2017. This is almost certainly due to the success of Maleficent, Cinderella and the building excitement for their other upcoming live action adaptions.
But the question is what kind of story are they going to be doing that Emma Stone would be right for? Personally, I love Emma and I would go see the film just because she is in it, but she is used to comical and fun characters, which the Cruella we know, and love to hate, certainly isn't.
Yeah, that whole song was pretty accurate. Although after seeing Maleficent for the first time quite recently, I have to admit that they really could take it anywhere with the character. I can't quite imagine what would turn a kind or loving character into one that likes to skin puppies... but I'm sure that's a topic for a completely different article.
Anyway, the script is bound to be amazing, as it is being penned by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks). It's going to be a very free roaming story for Marcel to get into, because we know almost nothing about how Cruella got to this point in her life. I also really want to see Josh Gad as Horace. Wow, that would be really awesome, right?
Point is that Emma Stone is amazing, and just a little while ago another comedic actor who I love was cast as Lex Luthor, and I believed he could take on that role, and I believe that Emma can take on this one!
I will leave you with the full song from the original 101 Dalmatians, entitled 'Cruella De Vil.'
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