A Tale of Two Emmas! Emma Thompson to Join Emma Stone in Disney's Live-Action 'Cruella'

Emma Thompson is set to play an unspecified role in Disney's Cruella de Vil movie, starring Emma Stone as the iconic villain

Emma Stone might be joined by another very famous Emma in the upcoming live-action Cruella de Vil movie.

Variety reports that Oscar winner Emma Thompson is set to join fellow Oscar winner Stone in Disney’s Cruella. The live-action character origin story is based on 101 Dalmatian villain Cruella de Vil, with I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie set to helm.

While the movie’s plot has been kept under-wraps, Stone, who has been attached to the project since 2016, will play the titular villain. Thompson’s character has yet to be revealed.

The movie, which Disney recently announced will hit theaters Dec. 23, 2020, is the latest villain-focused Disney retelling. The studio previously found huge success with 2014’s Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, who reprised the role for this fall’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil sequel.

Emma Stone, Emma Thompson - 101 Dalmatians
Emma Stone; Cruella de Vil; Emma Thompson. Swan Gallet/REX;Walt Disney Pictures/Everett Collection; Nils Jorgensen/REX

Stone would be the second actress to take on the role for the big screen after Glenn Close played the iconic villain in the 1996 101 Dalmatians adaptation and its 2000 sequel 102 Dalmatians.

Thompson previously collaborated with Disney on another live-action retelling — 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, where she played Mrs. Potts. She also starred as real-life Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in Disney’s 2013 movie Saving Mr. Banks alongside Tom Hanks.

The actress is next starring in two movie hitting theaters the same day. She reprises her role as Agent M in Men in Black: International and costars with Mindy Kaling on Late Night, both out on June 7.

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