Watch: Cruella Trailer
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“There’s something about poetic justice that’s just so poetic.”
That’s the sound of Disney showing a different side of Cruella de Vil in Cruella, its new live-action prequel.
Emma Stone (sporting a plummy accent) stars in the movie charting the rebellious early days of one of cinema’s most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains. 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 (Emma Thompson), a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute. 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 that we know from 101 Dalmatians.
Directed by Craig Gillespie (I Tonya) from a screenplay by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara, the film debuts on Disney+ with a Premier Access fee of £19.99 on 28th May – the same day that it is released in cinemas (coronavirus pandemic allowing).