Cruella (film)

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Cruella 2021 film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCraig Gillespie
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
Based on
Music byNicholas Britell[1]
CinematographyNicolas Karakatsanis
Edited byTatiana S. Riegel
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date
  • May 28, 2021 (2021-05-28) (United States)
Running time
134 minutes[4]
CountryUnited States

Cruella is an upcoming American crime comedy-drama 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 and is produced by Walt Disney Pictures. 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.[5] Emma Stone stars as the title character, with 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 is scheduled to be released theatrically and simultaneously available on Disney+ with Premier Access on May 28, 2021, in the United States.


  • Emma Stone as Estella "Cruella" de Vil: An ambitious and aspiring fashion designer, who will go on to become a notorious and dangerous criminal obsessed with Dalmatian furs.[6][7]
  • Emma Thompson as Baroness von Hellman: The head of a prestigious fashion house and a renowned haute fashion legend, who is Estella's boss and her eventual rival, who plays a role in Estella's transformation.[8]
  • Joel Fry as Jasper Badun: A thief hired by Estella to help her in her crimes and Horace's brother.
  • Paul Walter Hauser as Horace Badun: A thief hired by Estella to help her in her crimes and Jasper's brother.
  • Emily Beecham as Catherine de Vil: Estella's mother, an impoverished laundrywoman.
  • Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Anita Darling: Estella's childhood friend, who is working as a journalist.[9][10]
  • Mark Strong as John: The Baroness' valet whose "agenda is not as plain as his name".[9]
  • Jamie Demetriou as Gerald
  • John McCrea as Artie



A live-action Cruella de Vil film, based upon the character in Disney's 101 Dalmatians franchise, was announced in 2011.[11] Andrew Gunn was hired to produce the film, with Glenn Close (who previously played the character in the previous 1996 live-action adaptation 101 Dalmatians and its sequel 102 Dalmatians) serving as executive producer[2][12] 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.[6] In August 2016, Jez Butterworth was hired to rewrite the previous draft of the screenplay.[13] 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.[3] 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.[14]

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.[15] The same month, Tony McNamara and Dana Fox were hired to write the recent version of the screenplay.[16] Joel Fry and Paul Walter Hauser were added in the following months as Jasper and Horace.[17][18]


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.[19] In September 2019, Mark Strong, Emily Beecham and Kirby Howell-Baptiste were added to the cast.[20][21][22][9] Filming wrapped in November 2019.[23]


On March 31, 2021, it was announced that Nicholas Britell was hired to compose the film's score.[1] The score album is scheduled to be released on May 21, 2021 by Walt Disney Records.[24]

A separate soundtrack album for the film is scheduled to be released on the same day. Both albums will feature "Call Me Cruella", an original song performed by Florence and the Machine, which will appear in the end credits of the film. The soundtrack album also includes 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".[25][26]


Cruella was originally scheduled to be theatrically released on December 23, 2020,[27][28] but it was delayed to May 28, 2021 as filming began.[29] The film received a PG-13 rating from the Motion Picture Association, "for some violence and thematic elements," making it the second live-action remake/spin-off of a Disney animated film to receive the rating, following Mulan.[30] On March 23, 2021, it was announced that the film will be released simultaneously on Disney+ with Premier Access in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[31]


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  19. ^ 'Cruella' is next, and here's your first look!
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  23. ^ 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.
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