Live-Action “Cruella” to Debut in Theaters May 28, 2021

Disney’s next live-action adaptation film, Cruella, is officially coming to theaters May 28, 2021. It was originally scheduled to release this month, but was delayed during production in 2019.

While the May 28, 2021 date has been expected, the format of release was still in question. A tweet by Rotten Tomatoes today claims the movie will be released in theaters, dispelling speculation that the movie would bypass theaters entirely and premier on Disney+. The latest Disney and Pixar feature film, Soul, skipped cineplexes and debuted on Disney+ on Christmas day. A dual debut is not out of the question, however, as Warner Bros. released Wonder Woman 1984 both in theaters and on HBOMax on the same day, also December 25.

emma stone as cruella

The film follows a young Cruella de Vil (played by Emma Stone) from One Hundred and One Dalmatians in the 1970s (although the original novel and film took place in the 50s).

One plot summary describes the film as follows:

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 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.