Three years after announcing it was thinking about a live action Cruella de Vil movie, Disney has confirmed the project will go ahead with Emma Stone as the dog-hating villainess.
The studio says the new film will be an origin movie for the character and be set in the early 1980s with ‘a punkish vibe,’ according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The trade speculates that Disney will be hoping to replicate the enormous box office success of the Sleeping Beauty villainess spin-off Maleficent which starred Angelina Jolie and grossed $758 million worldwide.
Cruella de Vil was created by British children’s author Dodie Smith in her 1956 novel The Hundred And One Dalmations.
In 1961, Walt Disney Pictures turned the story into the classic animated feature 101 Dalmations.
The first live-action Cruella de Vil was played by Glenn Close in the John Hughes-directed 101 Dalmatians released in 1996, and again in a 2000 sequel.
Close played her as a scheming and chic head of a fashion house.