It looks like Disney is betting on two famous Emmas being better than one: Dame Emma Thompson could be joining Emma Stone in its new Cruella movie.
According to Variety, Thompson is “in early talks” for an unknown role in the live-action movie. Stone is already signed up for the title role, a new spin on the infamous villain from Dodie Smith‘s popular 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians. She was famously played by Glenn Close in 1996’s 101 Dalmatians and its 2000 sequel 102 Dalmatians.
Directed by Craig Gillespie, the new movie is conceived as Cruella de Vil’s origin story. There’s no word yet on when shooting will begin, but Disney has set a release date of December 23, 2020.
The movie would mark a (sort of) return to the Disney world for Thompson, who played Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in 2013’s Saving Mr Banks, a biographical film about Travers’ disagreements with Walt Disney over how her books should be adapted for the screen.
Thompson fans have already have plenty to look forward to. Her upcoming comedy movie Late Night, in which she stars as a struggling talk show host, opens in theaters June 7. She also appears in Men in Black: International, out a week later on June 14, reprising her role as Agent O from Men in Black 3.
And on TV, she’s playing a plain-speaking, populist politician in Years and Years, the new BBC/HBO miniseries from former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies. It began in the U.K. last night (May 14) but the U.S. premiere date has yet to be announced.
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