Disney’s live-action prequel of 101 Dalmatians, Cruella is continuing to add talent to the cast, as it is now being reported by Variety that Killing Eve star Kirby Howell-Baptiste, has joined the cast.
According to the trade, details regarding who she will be playing is unknown at this time, and it’s tough to speculate who she is playing since this is a brand new story.
Kirby Howell-Baptiste joins a cast that includes, Emma Stone as the villain Cruella, Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) as the Baroness, Emily Beecham (Into The Badlands) likely playing Anita, 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), Cruellawill hit theaters on May 28, 2021.