Everything We Know About Disney’s Cruella

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Disney had a huge hit with Maleficent, the live adaptation of the animated classic, Sleeping Beauty, starring Angelina Jolie as the Mistress of Evil. The first film made over $750 million worldwide at the box office, with the sequel grossing over $491 million. With a successful franchise, it’s not surprising that the House of Mouse has plucked another iconic villain from its vault for a new live-action adaptation with Cruella de Vil. Cruella stars Emma Stone as the titular character as she goes up against Emma Thompson’s The Baroness. We’ve compiled a list of everything we know about the Cruella film.

Cruella’s Origin Story

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The film focuses on the life of Cruella from her younger years to the young adult years. Tipper Seifert-Cleveland portrays young Estella.

Fashion Takes Center Stage

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Emma Thompson plays The Baroness, a fashion icon, and she’ll be dealing with Cruella, a young fashion designer looking to disrupt the fashion world. Jenny Beaven is the costume designer for the film, and this is the biggest film she has done yet with 47 different looks for Cruella. Black, white, grey, and red are the four important colors that represent this Disney character.

Cruella Takes Place in the 1970s

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The film screams the ’70s with its music and settings, and with the 1970s London backdrop, the filmmakers can really sink their teeth into a different kind of Disney flick.

Over 30 Songs Featured in the Film

The soundtrack to Cruella will be released on May 21st, and it was announced that there will be 15 songs in the album, which you can see below.

  • Florence + the Machine – Call Me Cruella
  • Supertramp – Bloody Well Right
  • Bee Gees – Whisper Whisper
  • The Doors – Five To One
  • Nina Simone – Feeling Good
  • Electric Light Orchestra – Livin’ Thing
  • Ike & Tina Turner – Whole Lotta Love
  • Ohio Players – Fire
  • Queen – Stone Cold Crazy
  • Blondie – One Way or Another
  • The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go
  • Georgia Gibbs – I Love Paris
  • Ken Dodd – Love Is Like a Violin
  • John McCrea – I Wanna Be Your Dog
  • Ike & Tina Turner – Come Together

The actual film will include over 30 songs with songs like “Inside – Looking Out” by The Animals, “Watch the Dog That Bring the Bone” by Sandy Gaye, and “Time of the Season” by The Zombies.

Anita Will Be Making an Appearance

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Fans of 101 Dalmatians know of Roger and Anita, the humans with Dalmatians for pets. Anita will be appearing in the film, and here we see her with a camera in hand. She is played by Kirby Howell-Baptiste (The Good Place, Veronica Mars).

Jasper and Horace Aren’t Just Lackeys

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Jasper and Horace are known as the henchmen to Cruella de Vil in the animated classic and the live-action movie starring Glenn Close. The two in Cruella are thieves, and they befriend the titular character as they build a better life in 1970s London. Jasper is played by Joel Fry and Horace is played by Paul Walter Hauser.

The Baroness

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Emma Thompson has a few Disney films under her belt including Saving Mr. Banks, Beauty and the Beast, and Treasure Planet, and she is back with Cruella. She plays The Baroness, a ruthless fashion designer who understands that to succeed, one must take dangerous risks. Thompson has revealed that the character of The Baroness channels Joan Crawford to Elizabeth Taylor.

Dalmatians!

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101 Dalmatians features 101 Dalmatians, and we can’t have a Cruella film without showcasing a few of these spotted dogs. The photo above shows her holding three Dalmatians as Horace and Jasper look in the background.

Synopsis: Academy Award winner Emma Stone (“La La Land”) stars in Disney’s “Cruella,” an all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinemas most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. “Cruella,” which is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, played by two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson (“Howards End,” “Sense and Sensibility”). But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.

“Cruella” stars Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mark Strong. The film is directed by Craig Gillespie, with screenplay by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara, story by Aline Brosh McKenna and Kelly Marcel & Steve Zissis, based upon the novel “The One Hundred and One Dalmatians” by Dodie Smith. “Cruella” is produced by Andrew Gunn, Marc Platt and Kristin Burr, p.g.a., with Emma Stone, Michelle Wright, Jared LeBoff and Glenn Close serving as executive producers.

Cruella will be in theaters and on Disney Premier Access on May 28, 2021.

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