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Emma Stone In Talks To Play One Of Disney’s Most Notorious Villains

You know what they say about Emma Stone: To see her is to take a sudden chill. If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will.

Well… OK, no one says that yet. But they will soon, if reports about Stone being cast in Disney’s upcoming Cruella are any indication.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress is in negotiations to star as Cruella de Vil in the upcoming live-action origin story of the 101 Dalmatians villainess.

Cruella de Vil first appeared in Dodie Smith’s 1956 book The Hundred and One Dalmatians, before appearing in Disney’s 1961 animated classic. She was then brought to life by Glenn close in the 1996 live-action film 101 Dalmatians, as well as the 2000 sequel 102 Dalmatians.


Cruella’s about as evil as they come: a snarling woman sporting two-toned hair, drowning in an oversized fur coat and shrouded in a cloud of green smoke, who hatches a plan to steal dalmatian pups and skin them for their fur. Hopefully this origin story will hint at what in the world makes murdering dogs so appealing to her, because that definitely needs some convincing context.

Disney first announced plans for Cruella a couple years ago, but the success of 2014’s similarly villain-centric Maleficent—the tale of the Sleeping Beauty baddie, starring Angelina Jolie—has reportedly put it on the studio’s priority list. Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey, Saving Mr. Banks) is penning the film’s script, and though there’s no director attached to it yet, Disney is reportedly hoping to begin shooting this year. Stone’s involvement should help that along.

The actress already has the Ryan Gosling-costarring musical comedy La La Land in the works, so at least we know her voice is all primed and ready to go if Disney decides to give her a theme song to work with.

In the meantime, here’s some mood music to match the excitement of this news: