Emma Stone (“La La Land”) stars in CRUELLA, Disney’s new live-action film about the rebellious beginnings of one of cinema’s most famous villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. The film will have its premiere in Spain on May 28.
CRUELLA is set in London in the 1970s, in the midst of the punk rock revolution, and follows a young con artist named Estella, Cruella full movie a smart 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 build a life on the streets of London. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of Baroness Von Hellman, a fashion legend played by two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson (“Howards End,” “Sense and Sensibility”). But her relationship sets off events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the strident, elegant, and vindictive 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 (Me, Tonya), from a screenplay by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara, (Oscar nominee for “The Favorite”), about a story by Aline Brosh McKenna, Kelly Marcel and Steve Zissis, based on the children’s novel “The 101 Dalmatians” by Dodie Smith.
THE BIRTH OF A VILLAIN
First seen in the pages of Dodie Smith’s book in the 1950s, it came to life on the big screen in the 1961 Disney animated film and in the 1996 Disney live-action version and its 2000 sequel.
Set in the vibrant punk era of 1970s London, the new Disney film reveals the fascinating story of how a talented and nonconformist young woman evolved into the elegant villain Cruella de Vil.
Having enjoyed tremendous success with its live-action “Sleeping Beauty” prequels that focused on the fairy tale antagonist Maleficent, Disney was eager to explore the origin stories of other malevolent characters in its library. of animated classics. Along with Maleficent, one of her most memorable and intriguing villains was Cruella De Vil, who was portrayed by Betty Lou Gerson in the animated original and later brought into live action by Glenn Close. But none of these versions featured a backstory for the character, except that she had once been a schoolmate of Dalmatian lover Anita Darling.
Cruella De Vil is arguably the most iconic of Disney’s villains, deliciously evil, quirky, elegant, manipulative and a bit crazy, she combines all qualities in a character that we love to hate. She is a kind of Hannibal Lecter from Disney.
Those responsible for the film approached the project as the story of the origin of a supervillain in a comic; who was she when she was a child, where did she come from, etc. All the public really knew about Cruella was that she wanted to make a coat with Dalmatians, so they decided early on that to give them something new they would need to change their expectations of her. The studio’s first and only choice to play the title character was Emma Stone, who had recently received her first Oscar® nomination for her supporting role in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” and prior to the release of “The La Land, ”for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.