Cruella de Vil and her 101 Dalmatians are headed for 1970s London, or so says the latest piece of intel unearthed by Omega Underground.
Citing sources close to production, the outlet claims Disney’s live-action Cruella movie, one which will see Emma Stone (La La Land, The Amazing Spider-Man) assume the title role, will largely take place in 1979, during which time punk culture gripped the United Kingdom – fashion, art, literature, fluorescent hairstyles…you name it.
All of this will seemingly provide the backdrop for Disney’s latest live-action reboot, which is coming by way of Alex Timbers, the director best known for Amazon darling, Mozart In The Jungle. Pre-production is already taking place in London, and we fully expect the Mouse House to begin shooting sometime this year ahead of a potential release in 2020.
And we say 2020 because, let’s face it; Disney is currently presiding over a stacked schedule filled with Star Wars, umpteen Marvel films, and more live-action fairytales than you can shake your hat at. Point is, the likes of Dumbo and The Lion King – directed by Tim Burton and Jon Favreau, respectively – will likely take priority for the studio over the coming years, before it switches gears and gives Cruella its time in the sun.
But when it does, it’ll be Emma Stone taking center stage as the wicked Disney villain. No other casting to report just yet, but we’ll be keeping you right up-to-date on Disney’s ever-evolving slate over the coming weeks and months.
What’s more, the Mouse House is yet to nail down a firm release date for Cruella, but with The Lion King and Aladdin primed for 2019, we imagine Emma Stone’s villainous fashionista won’t be waltzing onto the big screen until at least 2020.