Emma Thompson in talks to join Cruella de Vil origin movie

Emma Thompson looks set to join the upcoming live-action Cruella De Vil origin story, Cruella. The 60-year-old British actress is in negotiations to play a powerful character simply called the Baroness, opposite Emma Stone who will play a younger vers…

Emma Thompson looks set to join the upcoming live-action Cruella De Vil origin story, Cruella.

The 60-year-old British actress is in negotiations to play a powerful character simply called the Baroness, opposite Emma Stone who will play a younger version of the 101 Dalmatians villain, Collider reports.

Set in London in the groovy 1970’s, Cruella is a brilliant clothing designer who toils as a lowly department store worker. After a chance meeting with the Baroness, she sees the woman wearing a familiar locket, which is the secret to unlocking the mystery surrounding the death of Cruella’s mother.

I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie is helming the project, with Tony McNamara and Dana Fox penning the script. The movie is set for release in December 2020.

In the original 1961 animated classic, Cruella was a villain obsessed with capturing the Dalmatian puppies belonging to Anita and Roger, and the new live-action movie will reportedly explain why dogs are so important to the character’s backstory.

Cruella was previously played by Glenn Close in a 1996 live-action movie, alongside Joely Richardson and Jeff Daniels, and its subsequent sequel which hit cinemas in 2000, with Ioan Gruffudd and Alice Evans.

Double Oscar winner Thompson is no stranger to Disney fairytales, having played Mrs. Potts in 2017’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. She also starred opposite Tom Hanks in Saving Mr. Banks, in which she played elusive Mary Poppins author, P.L. Travers.

She’ll next be seen alongside Mindy Kaling in the Amazon Studios comedy Late Night, which will hit screens on 7 June. Her summer blockbuster with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, Men in Black: International, is released the following week.

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Venom sequel officially in the works

A sequel to Tom Hardy’s Venom movie is officially in development.Released last October (18), the flick featured the British actor as Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who becomes the host of an alien symbiote, Venom, that imbues him with super-h…

A sequel to Tom Hardy’s Venom movie is officially in development.

Released last October (18), the flick featured the British actor as Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who becomes the host of an alien symbiote, Venom, that imbues him with super-human abilities.

Despite critics slating the script, Hardy won praise for his performance, and Venom was an unexpected box office success, garnering over $855 million (£669 million) worldwide and becoming the sixth highest-grossing film of 2018.

Now, according to editors at Variety, producers at Sony Pictures have signed up Hardy to reprise his role and Kelly Marcel to work on the screenplay for the follow-up.

Marcel co-wrote the script for the first film alongside Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, basing the story off the Marvel Comics created by Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie. It was also reported that Marcel will act as executive producer on the sequel.

Previously, she penned the screenplays of films such as Saving Mr. Banks and Fifty Shades of Grey, and is currently writing Cruella, a live-action prequel feature film following a young Cruella de Vil, which is set to feature Emma Stone in the lead role.

While Ruben Fleischer helmed the first Venom movie, it is unclear if he will return for the sequel. He has a number of projects lined up, and is making Zombieland 2 at present. He is in the pre-production stages of Jekyll, set to feature Captain America’s Chris Evans, too, and is attached to make comedy The Regional Office Is Under Attack.

Executives from Sony Pictures have declined to comment on the new Venom project. However, it is anticipated that Hardy will be joined again by key characters from the original film, such as Michelle Williams, who played Anne Weying, and Woody Harrelson in the role of Cletus Kasady.

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