Disney may have the next Cruella de Vil lined up for an intriguing entry in its “Dalmatians” franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Emma Stone, who received an Oscar nomination last year for “Birdman,” is in early talks to play the iconic villainess.
The 27-year-old actress would star as a young version of the hated character in the feature “Cruella.”
“The project, Disney’s live-action re-imagining of the ‘101 Dalmatians’ character, has no director but it is a priority for the studio, which is hoping to shoot the film later this year,” THR reports. “Kelly Marcel is writing the script, which is intended to be an origin story of the character. Aline Brosh McKenna worked on an early version of the script.”
An animated version of de Vil made an indelible impression in Disney’s classic “101 Dalmations” in 1961, with de Vil later tackled by Glenn Close in live-action reboots in 1996 and 2000.