Emma Stone to return for “Cruella 2” after inking deal with Disney

Emma Stone has agreed a deal with Disney to star in a Cruella sequel, as the company battles a lawsuit from Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson over its release strategy.

Metro quotes Deadline as saying in its report that the agreement ‘mutually benefits both sides’, which echoes Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s words in the company’s latest earnings call with investors where he said Disney had ‘figured out ways to fairly compensate our talent so that no matter what the business model is that we have to go to market with, everybody feels satisfied’.

Cruella, like Black Widow, was simultaneously released in cinemas and on Disney Plus via Premier Access at an additional fee. 

Born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Stone began acting as a child in a theatre production of The Wind in the Willows in 2000. As a teenager, she relocated to Los Angeles with her mother and made her television debut in In Search of the New Partridge Family (2004), a reality show that produced only an unsold pilot. After small television roles, she appeared in a series of teen comedy films which received positive media attention, such as Superbad (2007), The House Bunny (2008), Zombieland (2009) and Easy A (2010) – Stone’s first leading role, earning her nominations for the BAFTA Rising Star Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. This breakthrough was followed with further success in the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) and the drama The Help (2011).

She is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award. Stone was the world’s highest-paid actress in 2017 and was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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