Disney’s been on a roll in recent years with its live-action adaptations of classic animated movies, most of which have been straightforward remakes. But some of these movies have chose a different creative route. For instance, rather than give fans a live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians (which was already done in 1996), the Mouse House instead pushed ahead with Cruella, a prequel starring Emma Stone as the title villainous fashion designer. Apparently, these sets can be fun too, as Mark Strong revealed in a recent interview.
Mark Strong, who starred as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana in last year’s Shazam! (and will be back for the sequel), is among the members of Cruella’s supporting cast, playing the character Boris. While recently plugging his TV show Temple, Strong talked about his experience on Cruella, explaining how much he enjoyed working with Emma Stone and director Craig Gillespie with the following words:
It’s nice to hear when an actor had a pleasant experience not just making a movie overall, but got along splendidly with his co-stars too. Strong’s presence in Cruella was revealed around the time the movie began filming in September 2019, with principal photography wrapping the following November. Clearly Emma Stone and Emma Thompson left a positive impression on Strong, so maybe there will be an opportunity for him to work with one or both again down the line.
Cruella is the second live-action Disney movie Mark Strong has worked on, the first being 2012’s John Carter, where he played Matai Shang. While Strong didn’t delve deeply into what we can expect to see in Cruella during his interview with Collider, he did tease how the movie explores Cruella de Vil’s origins, saying:
Set in 1970s London, Cruella follows the eponymous character as she rises through the fashion industry and becomes increasingly obsessed with dog skins, especially from Dalmatians. Along with the aforementioned actors, the cast includes Paul Walter Hauser, Joel Fry, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Jamie Demetriou. Tony McNamara and Dana Fox penned the most recent version of the screenplay.
Those of you who are fans of the original 101 Dalmatians will know that there isn’t a character named Boris in that movie. So while we already know what Paul Walter Hauser’s Horace and Joel Fry’s Jasper will go on to become Cruella de Vil’s henchmen, it’s difficult to say how Mark Strong’s Boris fits into the picture. Perhaps he’s the right-hand man of Emma Thompson’s character, The Baroness.
Having originally been slated for next month, Cruella will now arrive on May 28, 2021, although we’ll be sure to let you know if the movie is delayed again. You can learn what other movies are being primed for next year with our 2021 release schedule.
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