Emma Stone is certainly no newcomer to Hollywood, making her first appearance in front of the camera in 2005’s The New Partridge Family, a television movie. Two years later she would make her debut in 2007’s Superbad, a hollywood blockbuster starring the likes of Jonah Hill and Michael Cera that served as the springboard for the careers of a number of young actors. Thankfully for Stone, she was one of them – now, she has established her name and amassed a successful career in Hollywood with films such as Zombieland and Easy A, among many others, on her resume. Now she is set to star in a new film alongside Disney, this time in a much more menacing role than anything she has previously worked on as the star of the upcoming film Cruella.
As the title may indicate to avid Disney fans, Cruella is a nod to another Disney classic, 101 Dalmatians. In the film, Cruella De Vil was the villainous woman in pursuit of the dalmatians and the antagonist of the film which is considered to be a Disney classic. Now, Disney is looking to tell the origin story of the antagonist in an intriguing way that explores the human side of the character, similarly to 2014’s Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie which amassed over $750 million in global box office receipts. This time Disney has enlisted Hollywood favorite Emma Stone to play the role of Cruella De Vil with Craig Gillespie set to direct the film, and have even provided fans with a trailer for the first glimpse of Cruella.
As noted previously, this is not Disney’s first attempt at such a film, and last time they fared rather well. They are hoping for repeated success with Cruella, and from the looks of it it may not be as lofty of an expectation as some may think. Having Gillespie in the director’s chair is certainly a help, with his most recent endeavor being I, Tonya, the story of the olympic figure skater Tonya Harding which was nominated for a variety of awards. The film is currently set to release this upcoming May, however given COVID and everything else going on around the world this is certainly subject to change. Regardless, Disney fans and many others are sure to be elated at the prospect of such a film and will be eagerly awaiting a chance to see it themselves, be it this May or a little further down the line.