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Kirby Howell-Baptiste Joins the Cast of Disney’s Cruella

Killing Eve, The Good Place, Veronica Mars and Why Women Kill star Kirby Howell-Baptiste has joined Emma Stone in the cast of The Walt Disney Studios’ live-action Cruella, according to Variety. The trade says that it is not known who the actress will play in the film.

Cruella also stars Emma Thompson, Joel Fry and Paul Walter Hauser. Fry and Hauser will play Cruella’s henchmen Jasper and Horace, respectively.

Director Craig Gillespie, who helmed I, Tonya and The Finest Hours, is bringing Cruella to the big screen on May 28, 2021, with a fresh, 1970s, punk-rock approach.

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.”

Marc Platt, Kristin Burr and Andrew Gunn are producing the film. Tony McNamara wrote the most recent version of the script, with Dana Fox writing a previous draft.

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