Disney on Saturday released the first photo of Emma Stone in the role of Cruella de Vil, and the actress revealed new details about the movie’s setting in a video shown to Disney fans during a panel about future film releases at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.
The movie, which is set to premier in May 2021, will be called CRUELLA, and will feature Stone as the popular Disney villain and titular character. The movie will also star Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser, and Joel Fry.
The movie will be set in the 1970s, according to a tweet from a BuzzFeed News reporter. In a video that reportedly aired at the Disney event, Stone spoke from the set of the film and said that the movie will be set in 1970s London and have a “punk rock” vibe, according to the tweet from the reporter.
People on Twitter were loving the first look of Stone as de Vil.
“Could you say legendaric [sic]?” one fan asked on Twitter in response to Disney’s tweet.
“This could actually be good,” a second fan admitted in a tweet Saturday.
A third Twitter user said it was the first time he was ever excited for one of Disney’s remakes.
According to IGN, the film was confirmed in 2016 and was written by Kelly Marcel, who also wrote Saving Mr. Banks, the 2013 film staring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney as he attempted to purchase the rights to the Mary Poppins books to fulfill a promise to his daughters.
Here’s your first look at Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil in Disney's Cruella. The film, also starring Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser, and Joel Fry, comes to theaters May 28, 2021. #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/KqxJ0yMYQ3
— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) August 24, 2019
Stone won the Oscar for Best Actress at the 2017 Academy Awards for her portrayal of Mia in La La Land. She had previously been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 2015 for Birdman and was also nominated this past year for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Favourite.
CRUELLA is slated to be a live-action follow-up to 101 Dalmatians, and was originally expected to be released around Christmas next year, per Deadline.
101 Dalmatians was released by Disney in 1996 as a live-action comedy remake of the animated film from the 1960s. In the remake, Cruella de Vil was portrayed by Glenn Close.
Disney’s D23 Expo is the premier fan event for all things Disney, held every two years at the Anaheim Convention Center. Although the event only officially started yesterday, the ever-growing entertainment company has already announced many other highly-anticipated projects. They have finally given fans a release date for the sequel to Black Panther (May 6, 2022), and have given more information about its streaming service, Disney+, which is set to go live in November. Aside from a slew of original Marvel content, Disney announced it is bringing back a lot of its previous Disney Channel original programming, like a reboot of The Proud Family animated series, as well as a reboot of its popular television show Lizzie McGuire. The titular character in the original series was portrayed by Hilary Duff, and the actress is expected to return for the remake, per Newsweek.