Cruella (film)

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Cruella 2021 film poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed byCraig Gillespie
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
Based on
CinematographyNicolas Karakatsanis
Edited byTatiana S. Riegel
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date
  • May 28, 2021 (2021-05-28)
CountryUnited States

Cruella is an upcoming American crime comedy film based on the character Cruella de Vil, introduced in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians and Walt Disney's 1961 animated film One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The film is directed by Craig Gillespie with a screenplay by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara, from a story by Aline Brosh McKenna, Kelly Marcel, and Steve Zissis.[3] Emma Stone stars as the titular character, with Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, and Mark Strong in supporting roles. Stone and Glenn Close, who played Cruella in the 1996 live-action remake and its sequel, also serve as executive producers on the film.

Cruella is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on May 28, 2021, by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.


In 1970s London, young fashion designer Estella de Vil becomes obsessed with dogs' skins, especially Dalmatians. Finding herself at the mercy of an uncaring employer, she reinvents herself as the vicious "Cruella".




A live-action Cruella de Vil film was announced in 2011.[7] Andrew Gunn was hired to produce the film, with Glenn Close (who previously played the titular character in the 1996 live-action adaptation and its sequel) serving as executive producer[1][8] and Kelly Marcel revising the script originally written by Aline Brosh McKenna. On January 6, 2016, Emma Stone was cast in the titular role of Cruella de Vil.[4] In August 2016, Jez Butterworth was hired to rewrite the previous draft of the screenplay.[9] In November 2016, it was reported that Disney had hired Alex Timbers to direct the live-action adaptation, with Marc Platt joining the film as a producer.[2] However, in December 2018, it was revealed that Timbers had left the film due to scheduling conflicts and Craig Gillespie would instead direct the film, replacing Timbers.[10]

In May 2019, Emma Thompson joined the cast as the Baroness, described as "an antagonist to Cruella who's thought to be pivotal in her transformation to the villain we know today". Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Julianne Moore, and Demi Moore were also in consideration for the role, while Dev Patel was considered for the role of Roger Dearly.[11] The same month, Tony McNamara and Dana Fox were hired to write the recent version of the screenplay.[12] Joel Fry and Paul Walter Hauser were added in the following months as Jasper and Horace.[13][14]


In August 2019, during the D23 Expo, it was revealed that principal photography for Cruella had already begun. The first official image from the film featuring Stone as Cruella de Vil with three adult dalmatians on a leash, Hauser as Horace and Fry as Jasper was also unveiled during the event.[15] In September 2019, Mark Strong, Emily Beecham and Kirby Howell-Baptiste were cast as Boris, Anita and Tabitha, respectively.[16][17][18] Filming wrapped in November 2019.[19]


Cruella was originally scheduled to be theatrically released on December 23, 2020,[20][21] but it was delayed to May 28, 2021 as filming began.[22]


  1. ^ a b Highfill, Samantha (October 1, 2013). "Disney is making a live-action Cruella de Vil movie". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Kit, Borys (December 14, 2016). "Disney's Live-Action 'Cruella' Finds Director". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "Cruella". Writers Guild of America West. January 25, 2021. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Kit, Borys (January 6, 2016). "Emma Stone in Talks to Play Cruella de Vil for Disney (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  5. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (April 13, 2016). "Disney Sets 'Pete's Dragon' Helmer David Lowery For New Live-Action Peter Pan Film". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  6. ^ Gemmill, Allie (February 17, 2021). "'Cruella' Trailer: Emma Stone Goes From Nobody to Ne'er-Do-Well in Live-Action Disney Prequel". Collider. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (November 17, 2011). "Disney Preps Live-Action Cruella de Vil Film (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (November 17, 2011). "Disney Preps Live-Action Cruella de Vil Film (Exclusive)". Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  9. ^ Lyons, Josh (August 1, 2016). ""Spectre" Scribe Jez Butterworth Tapped To Rewrite Emma Stone-Starring "Cruella" For Disney (EXCLUSIVE)". The Tracking Board. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  10. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (December 4, 2018). "Craig Gillespie In Talks To Direct Emma Stone In 'Cruella'". Deadline. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  11. ^ Shuler, Skyler (April 29, 2019). "Disney Interested In Dev Patel For An Iconic Role In 'Cruella'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  12. ^ "Emma Thompson in Talks to Join Emma Stone in Disney's 'Cruella' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. May 14, 2019. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  13. ^ "'Richard Jewell' Star Paul Walter Hauser Joins Disney's Live-Action 'Cruella'". Variety. July 29, 2019. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  14. ^ Disney's 'Cruella' Casts Joel Fry as Jasper (EXCLUSIVE)
  15. ^ 'Cruella' is next, and here's your first look!
  16. ^ Earle, Toby (September 11, 2019). "Ooooh Mark Strong says he starts work with Emma Thompson & Emma Stone on #Cruella this Friday (via @BBC6Music)". Twitter. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  17. ^ 'Cruella': Cannes Best Actress Winner Emily Beecham Joins Disney Live-Action Prequel With Emma Stone
  18. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 24, 2019). "'Cruella' Adds 'Killing Eve's' Kirby Howell-Baptiste Opposite Emma Stone (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  19. ^ Stacey, Nadia (November 26, 2019). "That's it folks. What an experience. I think it's going to take a while to come down. Thank you to my amazing team for working so so hard and for always having such fun. My crowd team, oh my goodness, Julia Vernon is a total genius and I was so spoilt with the talent in the room. Wait till you see the looks! It's been the biggest challenge. So fast paced and totally mad at times but I'm so proud of what we've done. Now to rest! #makeup #design #hair #designer #cruella #cruelladevil #emmastone #disney #teamworkmakesthedreamwork Thank you to the super talented @soleiljacksonillustration for my bags!". Retrieved November 26, 2019 – via Instagram.
  20. ^ Disney Gives Live-Action Cruella Movie 2020 Release Date, May 7, 2019
  21. ^ Cruella: Release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know Digital Spy, May 16, 2019
  22. ^ Amy Adams 'Woman In The Window' Will Now Open In Early Summer, 'Cruella' Moves To 2021 Deadline Hollywood, August 20, 2019

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