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Cruella – We’re Seeing Spots

“Cruella De Vil, Cruella De Vil, if she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will, look out for Cruella de Vil!”  Due out in May 2021, new details have come to light about Disney’s latest remake.


Starring Emma Stone (The Help), Emma Thompson (Beauty and the Beast 2012, Nanny McPhee), and Mark Strong (The Kingsman), Disney has announced Cruella will be a prequel to the popular 101 Dalmations film series. It sounds like a similar premise to Maleficent, a villain before they became the villain we know and love to hate.


This is not the first time we are seeing our fur coat wearing villain in a live action.  We had 1996’s 101 Dalmatians starring Glenn Close.  It was not a prequel.  CNet stated the prequel starring Stone will be before Cruella became the de vil. Stone had this to say about the movie in November 2019,  “It’s 1970s, set in London — can you get out of my eyeliner please? It’s punk rock. A great cast.”

Cruella comparison photo courtesy of has released this update about the plot:

Before she becomes Cruella de Vil?

Teenaged Estella has a dream. She wishes to become a fashion designer, having been gifted with talent, innovation, and ambition all in equal measures. But life seems intent on making sure her dreams never come true. Having wound up penniless and orphaned in London at twelve, four years later Estella runs wild through the city streets with her best friends and partners-in-(petty)-crime, Horace and Jasper, two amateur thieves.

When a chance encounter vaults Estella into the world of the young rich and famous, however, she begins to question the existence she’s built for herself in London and wonders whether she might, indeed, be destined for more after all. When an up-and-coming rockstar commissions Estella to design him a signature piece, she begins to feel as though she has truly arrived. But what is the cost of keeping up with the fast crowd– and is it a price Estella is willing to pay?”

Emma Stone as Cruella photo courtesy of


In early promotional shots you see Estella (Stone) owning dalmatians.  Definitely different from the psychopath she becomes that wants to wear a dalmatian fur coat.  If it is anything like Maleficent then it is set to be a revitalization for a new generation. Maleficent was good enough to get a sequel.  Maleficent brought in $833,836,227.64 worldwide, taking inflation into account. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, sequel to Maleficent, brought in $500,621,956.63 worldwide, with inflation.  Both movies made back their budgets plus extra.  On Rotten Tomatoes they made 70% and 95% audience approval respectively.  Evil obviously sells.


Emma Stone also sells. Starring in great movies such as La La Land and The Help, Stone has proven she can act. La La Land brought in $485,200,343.80 with inflation which was exceedingly over the $30,000,000 budget not to mention the award nominations and wins.  The Help exceeded it’s budget in just the domestic opening alone with over $26,000,000 dollars to the $25,000,000 budget.  The two styles shows she can do drama and do music, something popular in a Disney movie, really well. Cruella is in good hands with Emma Stone.



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