Cinema goers, get ready to watch another Disney live-action film that pops up at the box office. After Disney’s live-action marketing flop ‘Mulan’ which was released at the terrible time when the virus invaded the world, Disney is now ready to release a new live-action adaptation of ‘Cruella’.
Based on the 1956 novel by British Dodie Smith, this is a heartwarming tale about the abduction of 101 Dalmatian dogs. The film was later adapted into an animated film by Walt Disney in 1961. Years later, the live-action film from the story appeared in 1996, starring Glenn Close in the lead role. And then it was updated with the 2021 version which immediately appeared on the screen in May. Craig Gillespie, director of highly acclaimed films such as ‘I, Tonya’ directed the film with Glenn Close as executive producer.
Emma Stone is set to play the famous antagonist Estella ‘Cruella’ De Vil in this long-awaited upcoming live action. He previously garnered his second Oscar nomination for Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Favorite’. However, she is widely known for her other films such as ‘La La Land’ in 2016, directed by Damien Chazelle, which gave her an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Disney has quite a bit of success in casting one of the three mega female villains (Cruella from 101 Dalmatians, Ursula from ‘The Little Mermaid’, and Maleficent. Angelina Jolie only matches the cruel yet warm soul of the winged villain, hardly any negative comments floating around. about casting him as Maleficent upon release.
Ursula will be played by Melissa Mccarthy, a multi-award winning actress who was nominated for an Oscar in 2019 for her performance as a struggling writer in the Fox comedy drama film ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’.
Back in December, audiences on the show ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen asked Melissa McCarthy about the film and the differences in her role as animated villain, Ursula. He later confirmed that the filming was scheduled for January 2021, which means the film is likely to be finished now. He didn’t actually provide any details about his version of Ursula 2021, claiming that he might play it like ‘vaudevillian nightclub action’. He admits that he can’t go too far in playing the cruel underwater wizard.
As for Emma, we hope she can give a new aura and color to her legendary role without compromising Cruella De Vil’s cruel and fierce nature. However, there are people out there who can’t see Emma playing the beloved (and hated) villain of the famous franchise. But it is important to remember that we have to see the film first before we can conclude about the appearance.
The best thing about 101 Dalmatians (apart from the furry and spotted dog) is that Glenn Close took his place as Cruella De Vil himself, and topping his 1996 live-action performance was no easy task for Emma Stone. In the 1996 first live-action adaptation of the animated film, Glen put on one of the best acting shows for a villain who can be tricky to play at times.
Glenn gave his all in the film and basically not only imitated the character but also embodied Cruella’s character completely. Playing a harmless antagonist to a Disney film demands a sense of eloquence in its delivery. In this sense, Glenn Close sure knows how to make people fall in love with a character that is said to be very hated. And this is something Emma has to do too.
Glenn Close’s appearance was a key factor in why the film was successful in the first place. Without her reach and ability to turn her introverted streak into a destructive dog thief, the film would have been sure to create a bad reputation for itself. Only getting a score of 5.3 on the IMDB, people have often argued that the reason they saw the film was simply to reconcile the iconic character Cruella.
This is no exception for the 2021 version. Some people may have watched the film out of boredom or curiosity during the pandemic. But whether or not their viewing experience will be pleasing to viewers will definitely depend on the ability of the actress to portray the incredible complexity of Cruella De Vil. This must be a difficult character to play and playing the villain can be a challenge for any actor. But Emma’s portrayal of Cruella has to be something any Disney fan shouldn’t miss.
According to the film’s official Twitter account, the trailer will be released today (17/02 GMT) and we are excited to see how Cruella is revised.