Emma Stone as Cruella in Disney’s live-action CRUELLA. Photo by Laurie Sparham. © 2021 Disney Enterprises Inc. All Rights Reserve
Just when we were all starting to make lists of the potential lawsuits Disney could be facing from actors/actresses that starred in films that premiered in theaters and Disney+ simultaneously, comes this bit of news. Star of Disney’s Cruella, Emma Stone has closed a deal to star in a sequel according to Deadline.
Cruella was released in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access back in May. The film made over $226.1 million worldwide in ticket sales. Disney has not released the digital sales numbers. It did well with critics at 74% on Rotten Tomatoes and was a hit with audiences. While the sequel is well away into the future, what we do know is that director Craig Gillespie and writer Tony McNamara will be coming back.
The reason why this deal carries extra weight is because of the situation with Scarlett Johansson. As most know already she is suing Disney over her compensation for Black Widow. Like Cruella and Jungle Cruise, it also debuted in theaters and Disney+ with Premier Access on the same day. This move allegedly was a breach of her contract. Disney has strongly denied her claims.
It had been speculated that Stone, Emily Blunt, and Dwayne Johnson may also follow along with their own lawsuits. But as we can see Stone has other plans. Johnson has been very active on social media pushing the film even post-release. Then again he was the one that made the announcement of its dual release. It will be interesting to see if we hear anything from Blunt’s camp.
What do you think of this whole compensation dilemma? Are you hyped for a Cruella sequel? Let us know in the comment section below!
Disney’s Cruella will be available for subscribers at no extra cost on Disney+ on August 27th, 2021.