Moviegoers, buckle up for yet another Disney live-action movie surfacing in the box office. After the flop marketing of Disney’s ‘Mulan’ live-action that was released in such terrible times when the virus is invading the world, Disney is now ready to release its new live-action adaptation of ‘Cruella’.
Based on a 1956 novel by an English Dodie Smith, it is a heartwarming story about the kidnapping of 101 dalmatian dogs. It was then adapted into an animated film by Walt Disney in 1961. Years later, the live-action film of the story came into existence in 1996, starring Glenn Close as the lead. And then it got renewed with the 2021 version shortly coming up on the screen in May. Craig Gillespie, the director of highly acclaimed films like ‘I, Tonya’ directs the movie 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. She previously collected her second Oscar nomination for Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Favourite’. However, she is widely known for her other films such as ‘La La Land’ in 2016, directed by Damien Chazelle, which got her an Oscar for the category Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Disney has pretty much succeeded in casting one of the three mega women villains (Cruella from 101 Dalmatians, Ursula from ‘The Little Mermaid’, and Maleficent. Angelina Jolie simply fits the cruel and yet hearty soul of the winged villain, almost no negative comments are floating regarding her casting as Maleficent after its released.
Ursula is set to be played by Melissa Mccarthy, the multi-award-winning actress who was nominated for an Oscar in 2019 for her performance as a struggling writer in the comedy-drama film by Fox ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’.
Back in December, an audience on the show ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen asked Melissa Mccarthy about the film and the differences in her portrayal of the animated villain, Ursula. She then confirmed that the shooting process of the film was about to be scheduled for January 2021, meaning the film is likely to be wrapped up by now on. She did not really give away any details of her version of the 2021 Ursula, claiming that she would probably play it like a ‘vaudevillian nightclub act’. She admits that she can’t go too far in playing the diabolical underwater witch.
As for Emma, we are hopeful that she could give a new aura and color to the legendary role without diminishing any of Cruella De Vil’s authentic vicious and fierce demeanor. Still, there are people out there who could not see Emma playing the beloved (and hated) villain of the famous franchise. But it is important to remember that we should look at the movie first before we can conclude about her performance.
The best thing about the 101 Dalmatians (other than those furry, spotted dogs) is Glenn Close taking the spot as Cruella De Vil herself, and topping her performance in the 1996 live-action would be no easy task for Emma Stone. In the 1996 first live-action adaptation of the animated film, Glen delivered one of the best acting performances for a villainous character that could be complicated to play at times.
Glenn gave her all in the movie and basically not only mimicked the character but embodied Cruella’s character to the fullest. Playing an antagonist character for a harmless Disney movie demands a sense of eloquence in the delivery. In this case, Glenn Close really knows how to make people fall in love with a supposedly hateable character. And this is something that Emma should also do.
Glenn Close’s performance is the key factor of why the film succeeded in the first place. Without her range and ability to transform her introverted nature into a destructive dog-stealer, the movie would surely make a bad reputation for itself. Earning only a 5.3 score from IMDB, people often argue that the reason they watched the film is only to reconcile Cruella’s iconic character.
This would be no exception for the 2021 version. Some people could be watching the movie out of boredom or curiosity during the pandemic. But whether their watching experience would be pleasurable or not to the viewers surely depends on the ability of the actress’ skill to portray the magnificent complexity of Cruella De Vil. It sure is a tricky character to play and playing a villain could be challenging for any actor. But Emma’s portrayal of Cruella should be something any Disney fan not miss out on.
According to the official Twitter account of the movie, the trailer will be dropped off today (17/02 GMT) and we are excited to see how Cruella is being revisioned.