Emily Beecham, who just recently won Cannes Best Actress 2019 award has joined the cast of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians prequel, Cruella, according to Deadline.
According to the Hollywood trade, it is unknown who the actress will be playing. However, we have heard she will play the role of Anita, who would later go on to be the owner of Perdita.
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Beecham joins a cast that includes, Emma Stone as the villain Cruella, Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) as the Baroness, with Paul Thomas Hauser and Joel Fry as Cruella’s classic henchmen Jasper and Horace.
Further, Dev Patel has been approached for the role of Raj aka Roger, the owner of Pongo, but that has yet to be confirmed at this moment. Glenn Close is on board as a producer on the project.
The film will explore the villainess in 70’s London. Cruella originated in Dodie Smith’s beloved 1956 book, “The Hundred and One Dalmatians.” The role was voiced by Betty Lou Gerson in Walt Disney’s 1961 animated adaptation and played by Close in the 1996 live-action remake, as well as in that film’s 2000 sequel, 102 Dalmatians.
Directed by Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya), Cruella will hit theaters on May 28, 2021.