Emma Stone Tackles Cruella De Vil Role Next After 'La La Land' Win
Emma Stone has been in the spotlight this awards season because of "La La Land," her movie with Ryan Gosling. She snagged the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes last Sunday and the actress is expected to tackle work next on the live-adaptation of "Cruella" with Disney.
According to Grazia, "Cruella" is charted for release on Dec. 22, 2017, while other sites infer that it's set for a 2018 release. The live-action movie will feature a younger Cruella De Vil who is known to Disney fans as the villain in the "101 Dalmatians" story.
Glenn Close played the iconic role of Cruella De Vil that earned her a Golden Globes nomination in 1996. But the new movie with Stone will reportedly be an origin story, which will give the audience an idea of why the villain grew to obsess skinning dogs' coat for the sake of fashion.
It is expected that "Cruella" will paint a more sympathetic villain who has experienced pain that led her to become bitter and vindictive. Disney is said to be following the same model from "Maleficent," which starred Angelina Jolie and showed why the "Sleeping Beauty" character turned evil.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Fifty Shades of Grey" writer Kelly Marcel has been tasked to fast-track the screenplay of "Cruella" with Steve Zissis. The film has been in development for two years before Disney confirmed it will be pushing through with the live-action take.
Parent Herald reported in December that the studio has hired Alex Timbers to direct the movie. He is known for his background in theater and has worked on Broadway, which has led to speculations that "Cruella" will also be a musical.
Stone has already proven she can carry a movie with singing and dancing, thanks to "La La Land." Disney, however, remains mum on other details about "Cruella."
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