Disney never considered anyone other than Emma Stone to play the most extravagant and charismatic villain in its repertoire, Cruella de Vil, in the new film about the iconic baddie's life.
"I genuinely don't know. That's a good question. I have no idea, I wouldn't naturally put me together with her, but obviously they saw some evil horror in me," said the actress during a videocall with EFE upon being asked about why she was the studio's only choice for playing Cruella.
After the success of "Maleficent," Disney wanted to continue exploring the origins of its evil characters and thought that, just as Warner Bros. did with "Joker," the character of Cruella de Vil - from the 1961 animated film "One Hundred and One Dalmatians" - enjoyed that same ability to create the empathy and rejection needed to make a successful feature film.