Almost two years ago it was reported that Emma Stone signed on to star in a Cruella De Vil origin story tentatively titled Cruella with Alex Timbers (Mozart In The Jungle) set to direct. Since then we have heard almost nothing on the project. Now we have learned some interesting details on a classic character.
We have learned that Disney is looking for an African American to take on the role of Jasper. Partner of Horace (Who is expected be caucasian) and would go on to be Cruella’s henchmen.
Disney is not afraid to make racial changes to any of their classic animated films. As we reported a little over a month ago that the studio is looking at people of color for roles in their live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
Estella (Cruella De Vil) lives on the streets of 1970’s London with other hoodlums, where we learn the real origins behind Estella’s hatred of Dalmatians. Production on the film is expected to begin at the end of the year but as of right now, there is no release date set for Cruella.
However in the meantime, there is plenty to look forward to from Disney, as later this year they will bring us Christopher Robin, Nutcracker and the Four Realms and Mary Poppins Returns. Additionally, the studio has three live-action/remakes currently in post-production with Dumbo, Aladdin, Lion King, and also the holiday film Noelle, all set for release in 2019. Although, that’s not the only projects Disney reportedly have on the slate, as Mulan, The Jungle Cruise, Maleficent 2, Artemis Fowl and Sword In The Stone will start production this year.