The following plot summary has emerged for Cruella:
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?
Cruella is set in 1970s London, although the book The Hundred and One Dalmatians was first released in 1956 and Disney’s animated film version was released in 1961.
The film is still on track for a May 28, 2021 release date since production wrapped before shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Emma Stone will be playing Cruella De Vil, with Paul Walter Hauser and Joel Fry as Horace and Jasper. Emma Thompson plays the Baroness and Mark Strong plays the Baron. Emily Beechman is likely playing Anita, and Dev Patel has been approached to play Raj, a.k.a. Roger. Glenn Close, who played Cruella in the 1996 live-action adaptation and 2000 sequel, is a producer of the project. Craig Gillespie directed.