With surprise release of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil hitting theaters this October. Disney is also prepping on a live-action prequel to 101 Dalmatians tentatively titled Cruella with Emma Stone in the title role. Now, new info on the project has come out.
According to our friends over at That Hashtag Show, Aquaman star Nicole Kidman is Disney’s top choice for the role of the “Baroness,” an antagonist to Cruella who’s thought to be pivotal in her transformation to the villain we know today. Though Kidman appears to be the favorite, the outlet also states she isn’t the only big name who’s still in this race, with Emma Thompson, Charlize Theron, Julianne Moore, and Demi Moore all believed to be in the running for the role.
Like we reported earlier this month, production on the project is expected to begin this summer. I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie will helm the project from a script from Tony McNamara (The Favorite). The script is still being worked on.
Here is a mini-synopsis on the film.
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.
The studio was hoping to lock down a 2020 release it has not been confirmed if that has changed as of yet.
Source: That Hashtag Show