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Disney's New Cruella Live-Action Movie Is 'Fantastical', According To Actor

Disney's New Cruella Live-Action Movie Is 'Fantastical', According To Actor
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Disney has been hard at work reinventing and reintroducing its classic characters through live-action films in recent years. Next up is Cruella, based on the character from One Hundred and One Dalmatians, and starring Emma Stone. And ti looks to be just as gripping as previous remakes, as according to one of the film's actors, Cruella will be a "fantastical" affair.

Mark Strong plays Boris in the upcoming flick, and teased what we can expect in an interview with Collider.

Cruella de Vil in the 1961 animated film One Hundred and One Dalmatians (Credit: Walt Disney)
Cruella de Vil in the 1961 animated film One Hundred and One Dalmatians (Credit: Walt Disney)

He said: "I had a great time. Craig Gillespie, who directed it, I was a big fan of. I loved 'I, Tonya' and I loved 'Lars and the Real Girl', the films he made before I got to know him. Just liking the stuff he'd made meant that we wanted to work together, and he asked me to play this part in Cruella."

The film is set in London in the 1970s, where Cruella de Vil is a young fashion designer who becomes obsessed with dogs' skins, especially, you guessed it, Dalmatians. Strong described the enormous set and gave us a hint that there may be some iconic fashion moments in store for audiences.

Mark Strong, pictured at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020, plays Boris in Cruella (Credit: PA)
Mark Strong, pictured at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020, plays Boris in Cruella (Credit: PA)

"It was fantastic being on set," he explained. "It's such a massive production. There are huge fashion and ballroom sequences in it, which are just so impressive. I got to be on set during those days and spend most of my time with the two Emmas - Emma Stone and Emma Thompson.

"It was just great being able to shoot the breeze with those guys during the downtime, and then play with them, telling this fantastical story that I think people are thoroughly going to enjoy, when the cameras were rolling."

Cruella will shed light on how she went from being a fashion designer to the wicked villain we know today.

Glenn Close played Cruella de Vil in the 1996 and 2000 live-action adaptations (Credit: Walt Disney)
Glenn Close played Cruella de Vil in the 1996 and 2000 live-action adaptations (Credit: Walt Disney)

"What the film does, which is brilliant, is try to throw a light on where the Cruella that we think we know has come from," he added. "It's a development story, as you see Cruella grow into the Cruella de Vil that we know and love to hate."

So far Disney has adapted Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians several times; first as an animated feature film in 1961 One hundred and One Dalmatians, a 1996 live-action film 101 Dalmatians and a sequel in 2000. There have even been two animated series and several video games.

Cruella is set to be released on May 28, 2021.

Featured Image Credit: Walt Disney

Topics: Entertainment News, Disney, TV and Film

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