There are rumors that Disney's Cruella movie may be set in 1979 London. The last few years have seen Disney revisit some of their greatest animated classics, launching a series of live-action remakes. These have been critical and financial successes, none more so than last year's Beauty and the Beast. But one of the most promising films is undoubtedly Cruella, a prequel to the beloved 101 Dalmatians. Now, intriguing rumors are giving a hint as to the film's plot.
According to Omega Underground, the film will be set in 1979 London, and the punk-scene may be the backdrop. The rumor suggests that the fashion-conscious Cruella de Vil will be tied to the Sex Pistols, who were directly connected to the fashion scene.
This is only a rumor, and should therefore be treated with a serious pinch of salt. For all that's the case, it's intriguing, and suggests that the film may well be a period piece, setting the iconic villain against a real-world backdrop. It would surely be fascinating to see the young Cruella de Vil in this context. Emma Stone is signed up to play the main role, and she's sure to revel in the experience. Tying the character to the punk rock scene would be an intriguing decision, and it would be fascinating to see how the young Cruella navigates the London fashion scene.
The most intriguing question of all, of course, is what angle Cruella will take on Disney's famous dalmatian-hunter. It's possible that she will have been a villain from the start, vain and vicious, proud and fierce. More likely, though, is that the film will present her as a far more sympathetic character. That's a more interesting take, allowing viewers to empathize with Cruella, to understand what makes her tick, and ultimately care about her descent into madness. Casting Emma Stone for the role is a stroke of genus; she's a tremendously talented actress, and she'll easily be able to portray a vast emotional range.
Disney has yet to announce a release date for Cruella, which is still in the early stages of pre-production. The script has gone through a number of revisions, most recently by Edge of Tomorrow and Spectre co-writer Jez Butterworth. Alex Timbers, co-creator of Mozart in the Jungle, is reportedly in talks to direct the film. This is the first rumor to emerge about the movie's plot, which makes it particularly interesting, and surely suggests that fans will be getting more news shortly.
Source: Omega Underground