The cast of The Walt Disney Studios‘ new live-action Cruella movie is growing with the addition of two more actors. According to Variety, the Cruella henchmen will be played by Joel Fry (Yesterday, Game of Thrones) and Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya, Kingdom).
Fry is set to play Jasper and Hauser will portray Horace. Jasper and Horace are the henchmen hired by Cruella to steal the puppies. Fry and Hauser will join Emma Stone, who is playing the villainess Cruella De Vil, and Emma Thompson.
Disney has set a December 23, 2020 release date for the live-action adaptation of 101 Dalmations.
Cruella De Vil was the villain of the 1961 animated classic and was played by Glenn Close in the 1996 live-action film 101 Dalmations and its sequel, 102 Dalmations, which was released in 2000. The character originated in Dodie Smith’s 1956 book, The Hundred and One Dalmatians. The book is officially described as follows:
“Dodie Smith’s classic tale about 101 Dalmations and their fight for survival against the evil Cruella De Vil. When Missis and Pongo’s puppies go missing, the two Dalmatian parents know the scary Cruella De Vil has had something to do with it. After all, she adores furs, and the Dalmatians have such beautiful coats . . . The dogs’ pets, Mr and Mrs Dearly, don’t understand them, so it is up to Pongo and Missis to rescue their pups – with the help of all the dogs in England.”
I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie is helming Disney’s new film with Marc Platt, Kristin Burr and Andrew Gunn producing. Tony McNamara wrote the most recent version of the script, with Dana Fox writing a previous draft.