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24th September 2019 - Kirby Howell-Baptiste Joins Cast

Kirby Howell-Baptiste, who stars in the new CBS All Access series Why Women Kill, has joined Disney’s live-action Cruella prequel.


20th September 2019 - Emily Beecham Joins Cast

EXCLUSIVE: Cannes Best Actress 2019 winner Emily Beecham (Little Joe, Into The Badlands) has joined Disney’s live-action prequel Cruella.


24th August 2019 - First Look at Emma Stone as Cruella

20th August 2019 - Release Date Moved from 2020 to 2021

Meanwhile, Cruella, a live-action spinoff of the classic Disney animated toon 101 Dalmatians about baddie Cruella de Vil, starring Emma Stone moves from Dec. 23, 2020 to Memorial Day weekend, May 28, 2021.


7th August 2019 - Joel Fry Joins Cast as Jasper

Joel Fry is set to play Jasper in Disney’s “Cruella,” a live-action origin story based on the classic “101 Dalmatians” villain Cruella de Vil.

In the original cartoon, Jasper was one of the bumbling crooks who along with his cohort Horace, kidnapped the 101 dalmatians for Cruela Dev Vil. Hauser will be playing Horace in the upcoming film.


29th July 2019 - Paul Walter Hauser in Talks to Join Cast

Paul Walter Hauser is in talks to join Emma Stone in Disney’s “Cruella,” a live-action origin story based on the classic “101 Dalmatians” villain Cruella de Vil.


14th May 2019 - Emma Thompson in Talks to Star

Emma Thompson is in early talks to star opposite Emma Stone in the Disney’s “Cruella,” a live-action origin story based on the classic “101 Dalmatians” villain Cruella de Vil.

It’s currently unknown where this movie will pick up in de Vil’s timeline, as is the role Thompson would be playing.

Tony McNamara penned the most recent version of the script with Dana Fox writing a previous draft. Disney recently announced the film would be released on Dec. 23, 2020, signaling the project’s pre-production.


5th December 2018 - Described as a 1980's Punk-Vibe Origin Story

Emma Stone will play infamous villain Cruella De Vil in what is being billed as an origin story, set in the early 1980s with a punk vibe.

4th December 2018 - Craig Gillespie in Talks to Direct

EXCLUSIVE: I, Tonya‘s Craig Gillespie is in talks at Disney to direct the live-action Cruella, with Emma Stone playing the woman who covets the furs of the 101 Dalmation pups needed to give her the perfect coat, sources said.

Alex Timbers, the acclaimed Broadway director-writer and co-creator of Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, was going to direct the film, but the latest development is all about timing, I’m told. Basically, Disney has decided it needs the movie to start production sooner than it expected to. Which means, start pre-production immediately and begin shooting next year.

14th December 2016 - Alex Timbers in Negotiations to Direct

EXCLUSIVE: The latest twist in the Alex Timbers/Disney saga is news that the acclaimed Broadway director/writer and co-creator of Amazon’s Mozart In The Jungle is negotiating to direct Cruella at Disney.

The studio wants to start production on the origin story of Cruella De Vil early next year from the most recent script, penned by Jez Butterworth. The feature is to be produced by Andrew Gunn and Marc Platt.


  • 26th April 2016 - Disney Confirms Film; Emma Stone to Star

    Cruella with Emma Stone set for the title role and Kelly Marcel writing

    A Wrinkle in Time with Ava DuVernay attached to direct and Jennifer Lee writing

    Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson set to star and John Requa and Glenn Ficarra writing

    Dumbo with director Tim Burton and writer Ehren Kruger

    A sequel to Mary Poppins with director Rob Marshall, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Maleficent 2 with Angelia Jolie set to return in the title role and Linda Woolverton writing

    The Nutcracker and the Four Realms with director Lasse Hallstrom and writer Ashleigh Powell

    The Jungle Book 2 with both director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Marks returning

    A Tinker Bell project with Reese Witherspoon set to star and Victoria Strouse writing


  • 6th January 2016 - Emma Stone in Early Talks to Play Cruella
    Emma Stone is in early negotiations to portray the iconic Disney villainess Cruella de Vil in the film Cruella, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    The project, Disney's live-action re-imagining of the 101 Dalmatians character, has no director but it is a priority for the studio which is hoping to shoot the film later this year. Kelly Marcel is writing the script which is intended to be an origin story of the character. Aline Brosh McKenna worked on an early version of the script.

  • 9th October 2015 - Kelly Marcel to Write Script
    EW can confirm a Hollywood Reporter story that British screenwriter Kelly Marcel will write the film, scheduled for release some time between 2017 and 2019.

    Marcel’s resume would seem just about perfect for the project: Her first script was for the Walt Disney-flattering Saving Mr. Banks, about the making of Mary Poppins, while she also adapted Fifty Shades of Grey, which was critically reviled but put Marcel in the head of a kinky, sadistic billionaire — qualities that are bound to come into play with Cruella. (Steve Zissis, the costar and co-creator of HBO’s Togetherness, will also work on the story.)

  • 30th September 2013 - Disney Developing Live Action Cruella De Vil Adaptation
    Aline Brosh McKenna has been hired to pen Cruella, which will bring the dog-fur-loving fashionista from 101 Dalmatians into a live-action feature to be produced by Andrew Gunn, who produced Sky High and Bedtime Stories for the studio. McKenna will also produce.

    Glenn Close memorably played the character in 1996's 101 Dalmatians and the 2000 sequel, 102 Dalmatians. In fact, Close is in involved with Cruella, acting as an executive producer.

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