Emma Stone to play Disney villain in live-action 1980s punk origin story ‘Cruella’

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Emma Stone in “La La Land.”

Before she was a Golden Globe nominee for “The Favourite” or even an Oscar winner for “La La Land,” Emma Stone was reportedly set to star as a Disney villain in “Cruella,” a live-action origin story for “101 Dalmatians” baddie Cruella De Vil. Think the Mouse House’s 2014 box-office hit “Maleficent” only with a fashionable fur coat instead of the horns.

Now, Disney has leaked a few more details about “Cruella,” reports the AV Club, including the fact that “I, Tonya” director Craig Gillespie is potentially stepping in for “Mozart In The Jungle” co-creator Alex Timbers and might helm the film.

At least as equally intriguing is that “Cruella” is apparently being billed as an “origin story set in the early 1980s with a punk vibe.”

That’s almost so crazy it could work, because, as the AV Club points out, catchy theme song aside, Cruella De Vil has carved one of the more intriguing paths through Disney’s filmography: She was voiced by Betty Lou Gerson in the original 1961 animated film “101 Dalmatians,” and then six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close fashionably embodied the fur-loving schemer in the live-action 1996 remake and the 2000 sequel “102 Dalmatians.”

The character also popped up on ABC’s twisty fairy-tale series “Once Upon A Time,” where she was played by Victoria Smurfit. The TV version of the villain used her psychic control of animals to force a bunch of dalmatians to tear her mother apart, then got killed and became the temporary queen of hell.

Sounds like the kind of role that will fit in just fine in Stone’s diverse list of credits.


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