Who might be the next Cruella de Vil, a.k.a. a spider waiting for the kill? Emma Stone. The Help star is in early talks to play the 101 Dalmatians villain in an origin story at Disney, EW has learned.
The live-action spin-off of the classic 1961 animated film is currently being written by Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey) and has no director yet. Andrew Gunn (Freaky Friday) is attached to produce. Stone would be the second actress to play Cruella in a live-action Disney film. (Glenn Close did so in 1996.)
For the uninitiated, Cruella is evil incarnate, as her song indicates. She’s an old school friend of the titular dogs’ co-owner and promptly organizes a plan to steal the pups in order to skin them for their hides.
Stone will appear in the upcoming musical La La Land from Whiplash director Damien Chazelle, alongside Crazy Stupid Love costar Ryan Gosling. The 27-year-old is also in pre-production for Battle of the Sexes as tennis star Billie Jean King.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.