Why Women Kill star Kirby Howell-Baptiste joins Emma Stone in Cruella
Deadline has brought word that the upcoming Disney live-action prequel to its acclaimed 101 Dalmatians, Cruella, has expanded its cast further with the addition of Why Women Kill star Kirby Howell-Baptiste.
The Cruella De Vil movie will explore the villainess who originated in Dodie Smith’s 1956 book, “The Hundred and One Dalmatians.” The role was voiced by Betty Lou Gerson in Disney’s 1961 animated adaptation and played by Glenn Close in the 1996 live-action take (as well as in that film’s 2000 sequel, 102 Dalmatians).
The film will be starring Academy Award-winning actresses Emma Thompson (Howards End), and Emma Stone (La La Land), who is set to portray the titular fur-obsessed antagonist. The upcoming prequel is expected to be set in the 1970s, with Stone calling her take on the character “punk rock.”
Joining Stone and Thompson are British actor Joel Fry (Game of Thrones, Yesterday) as Jasper and Paul Walter Hauser as Horace (the bumbling henchmen from the original 101 Dalmatians). The long-in-development film will be directed by I, Tonya filmmaker Craig Gillespie (The Finest Hours, Million Dollar Arm).
Howell-Baptiste also starred in the first season of BBC America’s Killing Eve; and appeared in Drunk History, The Good Place, and Barry.