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Cruella is an upcoming American live-action film which will be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and released theatrically on May 28, 2021 with a simultaneous release on Disney+ for an extra fee with Premier Access. Based on the 1961 Disney animated feature film, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, the film serves as an origin story for Cruella De Vil and features Emma Stone as the titular character. Directed by Craig Gillespie, the film also features Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Mark Strong in supporting roles. Stone also serves as an executive producer on the film alongside Glenn Close, who previously portrayed Cruella in the previous live-action adaptations, 101 Dalmatians and 102 Dalmatians.


“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 & 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.



Glenn Close, Andrew Gunn, Aline Brosh McKenna, and Marc Platt will serve as producers of the film.[6] McKenna was also hired as the writer of the film; in October 2015, she was replaced by Kelly Marcel, who also wrote the screenplay for Saving Mr. Banks.

This is not the first time 101 Dalmatians was adapted in live-action. The 1996 film and its sequel were the first two.

The film itself is an origin story for the character Cruella De Vil, hence making it a prequel to the 101 Dalmatians story. However, as the film is live action, it's not to be considered canon to 101 Dalmatians.

In January 2016, it was reported that Emma Stone is in negotiations to play Cruella.[7] In April 2016, Disney confirmed that she will indeed play the character.[2] She would also serve as an executive producer.

In December 2016, Alex Timbers was confirmed to direct the film.[8] However, it was announced that Timbers will no longer be directing Cruella due to scheduling conflicts and will be replaced by the I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie.[9]


On March 31, 2021, it was announced that Nicholas Britell was hired to compose the film's score. The score album is scheduled to be released on May 21, 2021 by Walt Disney Records along with a separate soundtrack album. Both albums will feature "Call Me Cruella", an original song performed by Florence and the Machine in the end credits of the film. The soundtrack album will also feature other songs such as Nina Simone's "Feeling Good", Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy", Blondie's "One Way or Another", the Doors's "Five to One", and the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go".




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