Whilst fans and critics are still busy praising Disney’s Cruella, the star of the movie has turned her focus elsewhere. In an interview with Variety, Emma Stone, who plays Cruella de Vil in Disney’s latest live-action movie, said she would love to see Ursula get her own feature film.
“She’s an octopus and the world you would get to live in, like Ursula’s parents and what happened there,” said Stone. “You’ve never really seen a non-human Disney villain be explored in that way.”
Ursula is an octopus sea witch and is the main villain in the Disney Princess film, The Little Mermaid. The villain is currently set to appear in the upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey as the red-headed mermaid princess. Ursula will be brought to life by comedian Melissa McCarthy.
Cruella co-star Emma Thompson agreed with Stone, chiming in that an origin movie focused on Ursula’s trauma as a young octopus would be a good place to start.
“The parents keep giving her a shirt that only has four arms,” joked Thompson. “They really mess her up with that from a very early age, so she’s constantly trying to fit two arms into each hole. That would really mess you up, wouldn’t it?”
Other Cruella stars such as Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Joel Fry think that Scar from The Lion King and Jafar from Aladdin will make a good origin story too.
Cruella marks the second villain to receive an origin feature film following the debut of Angelina Joline’s Maleficent. With Stone claiming that Cruella is one of the darkest Disney films to date, its success may lead to more villain movies. Should McCarthy put up a stunning performance in the upcoming The Little Mermaid, who’s to say she won’t be considered for a solo?